Herodias’ story is introduced in both Mathew’s gospel and Mark’s with Herod Antipas hearing reports about Jesus’ astonishing miraculous powers.
Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”Mark 6:14-16 (NRSV)
In spite of others’ reassurances to him about Jesus, Herod was sure it was John the Baptist risen from the dead—the implication being, in haunting judgment of having been executed by Herod.
And so the dark and dreadful tale begins of intrigue, seduction, manipulation, and murder, all swirling around the Hasmonean princess and Judean noble, Herodias.
Listen in on this twenty minute tale that explores the world of Herodias, how she came to be who she was, and how the Lord was also at work. We’ll look at Herodias’ story in four parts:
I Background and Ambitions
II Bitter Rage
III Blocked Goals and Unfulfilled Desires
IV Blessing Lost
Along the way, we’ll hear from Moses, James, and Jesus, who teach us that
“The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving”
Restoration begins when we
“Welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.”
The sobering truth made plain in Herodias’ life is that
In God’s judgment, God will often allow sin to run its course
But there is always a path that leads back to God, to restoration and life, for
Those who lose their life for Jesus’ sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
Each video is designed to offer background scholarship on the topic, including setting, culture, original language, and archaeology, as well as a theological study.
The “Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful” video series is a companion to the book, available on Amazon, and published by Wipf and Stock.
[Herodias | By Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant – Art Renewal Center Museum, image 13125., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1848324%5D