Deceitful Beauty of Sin

June 26, 2012

Matthew 14:3-8
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.
6On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much 7that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

Deceitful Beauty of Sin

As this scripture came before me this morning I was thinking about Herod, being like man, is in charge and king over his life.  Yet, he is not really sovereign, but subject to the influences of the spirits working through people and circumstances around him.
On one hand there is John the Baptist, a type of the Spirit of God that is bringing conviction of sin.  While Herod is resistant to the message, there is that knowing in his spirit that what John is saying is right and that he is in sin, separated from God.  The Spirit of God is drawing him and revealing Itself to him.
On the other hand you have the seducing and manipulating spirit of the flesh represented in Herodias.  She represents the soulish realm and by her very name you can see that she is representative of Herod’s lust and flesh.  She is anti-Christ in her nature, being the one responsible for having John arrested. It doesn’t stop there, while she doesn’t have the authority and power in herself to behead the Spirit of God from Herod’s life, that is her goal.  She must somehow capture the will of Herod to move in only the authority that he has to take John’s life.
It is much how satan moves in our lives.  He can’t directly cause us to turn from God, choose to sin or renounce our faith, but if he can manipulate us into a position that will cause us, by our own will to do so, then he has obtained his victory, enslaving that individual in sin.
So we see in this story how Herodias was the master, sinister manipulator who uses her offspring, her daughter as the instrument of lust to seduce and capture Herod’s will.  Through Herod’s  oath and commitment to that lust, it cost John his head and effectively cut the influence of God out of Herod’s life.  It is interesting that Herodias later persuaded Herod to go to Rome, which was his demise, for he was exiled to Gaul, where she followed him.
Ted Haggard used to say, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”
What a picture of the beauty of sin that seeks to capture our heart and destroy our life.  The ugliness and death of sin is often cloaked in outward beauty, but it is a manipulator and captivator of souls.  Proverbs 7:21-27 portrays it so well, ” With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.  22He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.  24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.  25Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.  26For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”  Such was the case of Herod.
The warning is for us to recognize the divisive ways of how satan will lure us into the snare, using our lust and attractive bait.  Behind that veil of beauty and desire is a monster that seeks to devour and destroy our soul.  Beware, that we, like Herod are not led astray by such things.



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