The Fearless Prophet

Mark 6:14-29 John the Baptist rebukes the King

Throughout the Bible prophets collided with kings. Frequently the prophet brought God’s rebuke and the king responded by killing the prophet. It was this way for John the Baptist. He rebuked King Herod for having an unlawful relationship and found himself facing the executioner. But the king never forgot John’s words and the memory of the fearless prophet lived on in his mind and the common people’s hearts.
There is much for us to learn from John because in our day it is the church that holds a nation’s rulers accountable to scripture. And like the famous prophet the church must be fearless in its stand. So let’s take a closer look at the circumstances in which John rebuked the king and how his words continued to have effect long after his death.  More