希律殺約翰

馬太福音14: 1_13希律殺約翰

1那時,分封的王希律聽見耶穌的名聲, 2 就對臣僕說:「這是施洗的約翰從死裡復活,所以這些異能從他裡面發出來。」 3 起先,希律為他兄弟腓力的妻子希羅底的緣故,把約翰拿住鎖在監裡, 4 因為約翰曾對他說:「你娶這婦人是不合理的。」 5 希律就想要殺他,只是怕百姓,因為他們以約翰為先知。

6 到了希律的生日,希羅底的女兒在眾人面前跳舞,使希律歡喜。 7 希律就起誓,應許隨她所求的給她。 8 女兒被母親所使,就說:「請把施洗約翰的頭放在盤子裡,拿來給我。」9 王便憂愁,但因他所起的誓,又因同席的人,就吩咐給她。 10 於是打發人去,在監裡斬了約翰, 11 把頭放在盤子裡,拿來給了女子,女子拿去給她母親。 12 約翰的門徒來,把屍首領去埋葬了,就去告訴耶穌。13 耶穌聽見了,就上船從那裡獨自退到野地裡去。

這是一個義人被昏君所害的故事。分封的王希律,是指大希律的兒子希律安提帕。大希律就是在耶穌出生後,殺死伯利恒附近兩歲以下的嬰兒之暴君。當安提帕去羅馬拜訪他同父異母的哥哥腓力時,愛上了腓力的妻子希羅底,便勾引她離開腓力去當他的妻子;又與自己的原配離婚。

沒想到施洗約翰知道此事後便去責備希律安提帕犯了姦淫之罪,被他懷恨在心,伺機想殺他。與此同時,另一個人也想找機會殺約翰,那就是淫婦希羅底。就在希律的生日宴會上,希羅底讓女兒去跳有誘惑性的東方舞,藉此設下一個陷阱,趁希律意亂情迷酒醉之際,來達到她的心願。施洗約翰就這樣犠牲了。

Consult God First and Be Humble Before Him

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Kings 1:1-18. Let’s go!

2 Kings 1:1-4 (NIV) 
1 After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”
3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’
4 Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!'” So Elijah went. 

On verses 1-4: Ahaziah king of Israel falls and injures himself.  He wonders whether he will recover from this accident or die from it.  He decides to consult Baal-Zebub the god of Ekron on the question.  The Lord’s prophet Elijah brings a message to Ahaziah, stating that Ahaziah’s actions have offended the Lord.  By seeking another god for help and not consulting the Lord first, Ahaziah showed that he places his hope in other things more than he does in God.  Elijah also tells Ahaziah that Ahaziah will not recover but will certainly die.