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The Gospel of Matthew, Day 39

Day 39 June 11
Reading: Matthew 14: 1-12 NIV


1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,
2 and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
6 On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much
7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison.
11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.
 12 John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Discussion: John was beheaded by Herod for standing up for what was right. Although we may not experience the same level of persecution as John did, we will still face adversity for standing up for what is right. What can we take away from these passages?

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