If only Herod had continued to think as Abraham did

Matthew Bible Background

01.19.2019 – New Testament: Matt 14.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 14.1–21 on January 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Herod was a vile man, yet, something in his thinking resembled that of Abraham’s. God commanded Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Knowing that God had promised to give Abraham numberless descendants through Isaac, Abraham concluded that God would raise Isaac from the dead to keep the promise of a multitude of descendants (Hebrews 11.17–19). Notice what Herod thought or concluded when he heard about the miracles of Jesus:

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him” (Matthew 14.1–2).

Although Herod thought erroneously, it is interesting to see that the only way he could explain the miracles of Jesus, not really knowing yet that there was this man Jesus, Herod concluded that John the Baptist had come back from the dead. Herod lived wickedly, yet, he opened his mind to the possibility that God had done something wonderful.


  • Do you limit God in your thinking?
  • Are you ready for anything from the God of heaven?

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