Fit For A “Broad”way Play

A rendition of this biblical account would be interesting to watch on stage. It is one about the events leading up to the beheading of John the Baptist.

For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.

Mark 6: 17-28

This passage gives us a scenario of how a person controlled by a Jezebel spirit operates.

verse 19 – A person holds a grudge and is bitter towards someone. In this case, Herodias did not like being confronted about her sin. A person operating under this spirit has the tendency to emasculate men to the point that they feel subjugated.

verse 21 – She was waiting for the right time to strike as she was concocting her plan on how to take down a holy man.

verse 22 – She used seduction to entertain her husband and the dinner guests. The Jezebel type uses all kinds of tricks and seduction (through flattery) and fleshly rewards to keep people in her sphere of influence.

verse 23-28 – Those oblivious of her schemes within her sphere of influence do her bidding. They will feel a sense of indebtedness and something heavy (verse 26) if they fail to comply to her demands.

Time to stop hanging around the cemetery!

There are those who are truly awake. However, the circle they traverse happens to be full of people who are spiritually dead. They are nestled in a fellowship of theatrics. They end up having divided allegiances because they are fearful of the backlash of the one operating under Jezebel. They would rather please the manipulative person than God.

The Jezebel spirit leads the believer to compromise their own beliefs just to keep her happy.

I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.

Revelation 2:19-20

An idol can take on many forms. It can range from something tangible all the way to an ideal. The end goal is compromise. If you are in fellowship with a person who makes you compromise sound doctrine, cut ties immediately.

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