Posted by: peebles | April 12, 2010

Luke 3:20 (NIV) ~ Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.

Luke 3:20 (NIV) ~ Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.

He added this to them all. Herod bore a grudge, which he later regretted; he let other people stoke the fire of resentment, egged on by their words of hatred and unspoken gestures of disapproval. Herod added this to them all, he had John locked up in prison. There was no other way for Herod to turn or he would have lost face and his reputation in front of his so-called friends and dignitaries of the Roman day. 

The noose of anger, resentment, and unforgiveness tightens around his neck until Herod is chocked and trapped, boxed into a corner. This all started due to his own folly, for the Bible says in Matthew 14:3 to 5 (NIV), “Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: ‘It is not lawful for you to have her.’ Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.”

Certain people will never like someone telling them that they are wrong; they will rebel or even worse, lash out. Herod added this to them all, he heaped them all up against John like someone keeping score, like strike after strike, adding it all up against John until he could not take it anymore. He did not want to listen to the truth, so he had John locked up in prison, and there it cost John his life. Furthermore, Herod’s pettiness went with him, like luggage he carried it around with him where he went, he never shook it off, then later on in life it cost him everything he had. As a consequence, he was stripped of his power, prestige and palace, and exiled. 

The Bible says in Proverbs 6:27 (NIV), “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” Or, to give it a modern day meaning, if you play with fire you will be burned. There are consequences to your actions, but if you repent there is also forgiveness. The Bible also says in Proverbs 1:7 (NIV), “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Herod despised John for telling him he was in the wrong, and so resentment rose up in his heart and never left it.

Resentment will drive you to a place of bitterness, which will ultimately lead to you losing your peace and joy in the Lord. If not dealt with, it can be like poison eating away inside of you, where you count things up against people rather than forgiving them.

My friend, love holds no record of wrong, it does not add things up against someone, and it lets go of pain and never nurses a grudge. You see, in the end, Herod may have had the wealth, title, position and the palace, but John the Baptist had the testimony. Resentment and adding things up against people will only impoverish your spirit, soul and life. It will drain the life from you as you are egged on by whispers from the pit, from the enemy who only want to steal, kill and destroy you. Yet, when you make a quality decision to turn things over to God and let go of resentment, to do away with hatred and never add things up against someone, then the healing will begin, and you will no longer be held captive by it, but you will be free to enjoy life in Jesus, and that more abundantly.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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