He traveled back to Nazareth for a Sabbath
Jesus followers being present kept the threats at a murmur, but attenders were astonished – trying to figure out how this nobody (whose family everyone knew) was doing and speaking unbelievable things. They were offended at him.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country (among his own relatives), and in his own house.” He couldn’t do great things there, because of their unbelief. He did touch some sick people with his hands, and healed them. He marveled because of their unbelief, and then he visited the villages teaching.
Herod himself sent out and arrested John
- The “Herod the Great” who had killed all children under 2 years old at Jesus birth had died 30 years ago.
- Before he died, he killed his two sons for trying to poison him, which orphaned the girl Herodias who married her uncle Herod II (they lived in Rome).
- Herod Antipas (The “King Herod” in this story) had married the daughter of the kingdom between Judah and Egypt named The Nabataean Kingdom.
- Herod Antipas stayed with his brother Herod II on a trip to Rome, and decided he and Herodias (his brother’s wife) were in love.
- Antipas divorced his first wife Phasaelis, and married Herodias.
- John the Baptist called out this relationship as against God’s law, and that made is very uncomfortable for Herodias to be called a slut… publicly.
- Herod Antipas was having a party and his wife’s daughter was asked to dance, and turned on her father-in-law so much that he offered her to be his wife (aka. have half of his kingdom). He swore he’d give her whatever she asked.
- As this girl ran out of the room to her mom (who couldn’t have been too happy at her husband asking her daughter to marry him), directed her to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a plate.
- Herod Antipas killed John and presented John’s severed head to this girl, and she brought it to her mom.
- Once John’s followers heard what happened, they retrieved and buried his body, and told Jesus.
- When Jesus heard about this, he left in a boat and spent time off by himself.
Afterward, when Herod heard about Jesus…
he was convinced it was John the Baptist. He believed that the only reason Jesus had such incredible power was that he had come back from the dead and brought these powers with him.
Jesus Words 18
This post includes all Jesus’ words from:
Bible Dictionary: a list of Bible words and phrases (typically Jesus’ words) which don’t have clear meaning when used in daily talk, and are simplified / culturally paraphrased in this story – in pursuit of understanding.
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