Today's Daily Bread
Fri. Aug 29, 2014: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25; Mark 6:17-29
I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist. John the Baptist is surely one of the strangest characters in the Bible: wild, living on the edge, eating bugs for lunch. He preached a fiery message about repentance and preparation for the one who would come after him. He also was willing to call a spade a spade, and so he confronted Herod because he had married his brother’s wife — which got John thrown into prison. Then, at his birthday bash, Herod is so enamored of his daughter’s dancing that he promises her whatever she wants. Coached by her mother, she asks for John’s head on a platter. Despite his misgivings, Herod honors his promise, another reminder of the cost of discipleship. Equip and strengthen us to speak and act with courage, O God.