Watch out what you promise

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02.25.2019 – New Testament: Mark 6.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 6.1–32 on February 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Watch out what you promise during intense times, whether times of desperation or times of exhilaration, for you might say something that you will regret later. Consider the time when the daughter of a woman danced before a king:

And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom” (Mark 6.22–23).

Herodias was married to Herod, but it was not a scriptural marriage and John the Baptist told them so. Then Herod saw this dance and wanted to reward the girl with a wild promise. She went to her mother, who then said to request the head of John the Baptist, but Herod regretted it because, although John had offended him, Herod still liked John.

Questions:

  • Has someone failed to keep a promise to you?
  • Do you keep your promises, even if it hurts to keep them?

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