And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead…
I. AN EXAMPLE OF THE LENGTH TO WHICH UNGODLY MEN WILL GO IN THE WAY OF RELIGION. Herod feared and honoured John. He heard him preach — gladly. Let no one be too hasty in concluding that he is religious.
II. AN EXAMPLE OF MINISTERIAL FAITHFULNESS.
III. AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE CERTAINTY AND THE REASON OF PERSECUTION. The certainty — the reproof. The reason — pride, interest, conscience. The favour of worldly men worthless.
IV. WE HAVE EXEMPLIFIED THE TWO-FOLD ASPECT OF THE WORLD — to its own, to the Church. The festival for the one — the dungeon for the other. The world in miniature.
V. A SAMPLE OF THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PLEASURES. Masked pride, vanity, envy. Masked misery.
VI. An instance of AN ABANDONED PARENT SACRIFICING HER CHILD. VII. An instance of MINGLED HYPOCRISY AND COWARDICE. Herod's oath, cowardice — through fear.
Parallel VersesKJV: And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.