Matthew Chapter 14

The Purpose of the Rejected King (Matthew Chapter 14 - 20)

Matt 14:1-2 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of (Yeshua) Jesus, And said to his servants, this is John the Immerser; he is risen from the dead; and therefore these powers are at work in him.

The tetrarch - ruler of ¼ of a country

Interestingly, the Fourteenth letter is Nun- faithfulness; soul; Downfall and RISING again.

Matt 14:3-4 For Herod had arrested John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. For John said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

This was a crazy mixed up family. Incest runs rampant here. There are several Herods during this time period. Herod the Great was the one who ordered all of the boy babies to be killed in Bethlehem. He had several sons, four are important to this story.

  1. Heriod Aristobulus - He was the father of Herodias.
  2. Herod Philip I - He was the first husband of Herodias
  3. Herod Antipas (The Tetrarch) - This is the one mentioned in this verse. He was the second husband of Herodias
  4. Herod Philip II - Married his niece/great-niece Salome.

So John had told Herod Antipas that he was in sin. Herodias was not only his niece but she had been his sister-in-law too.

Incest is a sin and John appropriately addressed this sin. Because he spoke up for his beliefs he was imprisoned.

Leviticus 18:6 None of you will approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the L-RD.

Leviticus 20:21 And if a man will take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they will be childless.

Matt 14:5-8 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed by her mother, said, Give me here John (Immerser) Baptist's head on a platter.

This story is also recorded in Mark 6:17-29.

the daughter of Herodias - Her name was Salome, her father would have been Philip I. She married Philip II who was her fathers brother and her mothers uncle. Ugh!

danced - This was a suggestive dance.

Matt 14:9-11 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. (Downfall) His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.

This girl is one tough cookie. I would have expected it to read….

His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who

  1. fainted dead away
  2. ran screaming out of the room to her mother.