Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
Questions & Observations
Q. (Luke 9:7): Is Herod Antipas the grandson of the Herod who tried to have Jesus killed? I remember he died and his son took over, but Jesus was in danger of him too. This Herod is softer so I thought it may be yet another generation.
A. Herod Antipas is the son, not the grandson, of the man called Herod the Great. He ruled Judea for many years, and will have a role to play in the passion story as well as here. He may have been softer than his father (which isn’t saying much!), but he was still a powerful man who wielded great influence in the region.
Q. (Mark 6:20): Here it says John the Baptist was “a good and holy man.” So, it’s hard to believe that God didn’t rescue him. God came to the aid of Daniel with the Lions. Why couldn’t he save John the Baptist? Maybe this is why Jesus called him “great than other prophets” because his fate — his sacrifice.
A. John certainly died a martyr’s death — that is, dying for proclaiming God’s truth — but it is hard to say that God did not save him. It surely must have greatly grieved Jesus.
Q. (Mark 6:23): A vow was or wasn’t always kept then and same as now. I guess we have to always be careful of what we promise someone to make sure we can keep our end of the deal.
A. What really caused Herod the headache was that he had made the declaration in front of powerful witnesses. It would have been very embarrassing for him if he had not acted on his stepdaughter’s wish. As is frequently the case, alcohol likely played a role in this foolishness.
O. (Mark 6:50-51): What telling verses. I like “Take courage! I am here.” I think we all need to realize that and let Him take over. I also notice Jesus says “I am.”
Q. (Matthew 14:28, 32): I notice that Peter calls Jesus “Lord.” And, in v. 32, we see that the disciples are acknowledging Jesus is the Messiah, the one that has been prophesied. They finally understand the “secret.”
A. They understand that He is Messiah, but believe me, they have NO IDEA what it means…yet.