Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
Matthew 14 : 3 – 5
Lord Acton famously said, ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ As a politician and historian Lord Acton studied history and recognised that time and again human beings have not handled power well. In this passage today we get a glimpse of that via Herod’s dealings with John the Baptist. Herod had the power to nullify Johns annoying preaching over his adulterous relationship with Herodias; a power he used to put John in prison.
Imagine having the power to get rid of anyone who annoyed you? Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
Prayer: Lord help my to recognise when I abuse my power or position over others. May I be known for my grace more than anything else.
Action: Consider whom you have power and influence over? How would Jesus treat them.