We look at the consequences of Herod’s foolish oath. We draw out the following lessons:

John the Baptist gives us an example of someone who feared God rather than men and was faithful to rebuke the sin of Herod even knowing it may cost his life. In this way, we are challenged to be bold for the Lord in witnessing to the Gospel.

Herod made a rash oath. Yet he carried it out, compounding his sin. We see that we should never make an oath that will result in sin and that it is better to break such an oath than to keep it.

Finally, we review the oaths we have all made in marriage, church membership, baptism or even in the realm of the promises we make day to day. We are called upon to examine how we are doing in keeping our oaths and promises, to repent of our shortcomings and seek God for mercy and grace to redouble our efforts in the future.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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