Daily D – Luke 9:7-8
Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was going on. He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead, some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. “I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this I hear such things about?” And he wanted to see him.
LUKE 9:7-8 (CSB)
One of my favorite sayings is, “You do not have to attend every argument you are invited to.” Less well known, but equally true is, “You do not have to attend every execution you’re invited to, especially when it is your own.”
Herod Antipas, here called the tetrarch, was the Roman ruler over the region where Jesus was ministering. He was seventeen years old when Herod the Great died. He and his brothers Archelaus and Philip II were given portions of their father’s kingdom to rule.
The old saying, “Like father, like son,” was proven true in the life of Herod the tetrarch. He was superstitious. He was paranoid. He was nuts.
Notice that Jesus did not rush out to see Herod. Herod the Great had tried to kill him when he was a toddler. Since Herod Antipas killed John, what do you think he might have in mind for Jesus? We do not have to wonder long. Turn to Luke 13:31 and following. Some Pharisees, not always Jesus’ best friends, but also no friends of the Herodians, told Jesus, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
Jesus had an appointment with death. As this passage in Luke 13 makes clear, that appointment was set in Jerusalem and not at Herod’s hands. His time had not yet come.
Each of us has a hill to die on. Let us make sure that is the hill we die on. Many will invite us to take our stand on auxiliary issues and die for lesser causes. You and I do not have to attend every execution we are invited to.
What applications does this bring to mind?
This is a thought worth thinking. This is an idea worth pondering. This is a truth worth applying.
I will not die on anyone else’s hill.
Our Father, please give me the wisdom to avoid disputes that do not ultimately matter. Please give the wisdom as well to avoid unnecessary danger from those with evil intent. Keep me aligned with your purpose and directed toward your desired end. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.