The story of how Herodias finally got her wish to have John killed is a disturbing one.
There are so many lessons learned here but the biggest two are that sin begets sin, and one moment has far reaching consequences.
Herodias and Herod's sinful relationship led to her harbouring a grudge against John who was willing to call a spade a spade, which led to murderous rage and the death of John the Baptist.
Herod's decision to get drunk caused him to rashly promise his step-daughter anything she wanted, his pride wouldn't allow him to back down to her request despite the fact that he knew John was a righteous and holy man, and he murdered an innocent man.
In one moment. One rash command, one weak moment, one horrendous choice and a man's life was ended. That choice could not be undone, no matter how much Herod regretted it.
One lie tends to follow another. Unbridled anger turns into harsh words that cannot be taken back. Sin follows sin, and the only way to stop it is repentance. Thankfully there is forgiveness, there is grace, when we turn away from our sin and turn to God.
But even though there is forgiveness, we can't undo sin and we can't undo it's consequences.
We need to take sin seriously. We need to fight it. We need to root it out of our lives. We cannot be complacent. We cannot take it lightly. We cannot trivialize it. We need to destroy it.
We can't do it. Not on our own. But He has the strength, He has the power, and He has promised to complete His work in us to perfection at the day of Christ Jesus - all glory and thanks be to Him!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 28-30, Mark 6:30-56