The consequences of the dance
Mark 6: 21 – 29 “Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Be careful who dances before you.
I mean, be careful who creates a grand impression on you, who captivates and who you become transfixed with. Be careful of seeing the gifting above the person, the charisma not the character and be careful who you give freedom to come into your private world.
Enter Salome. The dangerous dance:
- The Pleasure. The dance pleased Herod and the others. There was a unity of pleasure. Just because others agree doesn’t mean it is good for you.
- The Promise. The dance moved Herod so much he wanted to give back to her and in a fit of passion and ego he made a ridiculous promise. It was a signed blank cheque.
- The Pride. The dance would lead to a death. The death of the man Herod loved listening to, John the Baptist. But Herod was too proud to say no because he had promised publicly. Always break a promise when the promise is ridiculous and given with wrong motivation.
- The Pain. The dance initially gave Herod pleasure but this soon turned to pain. Those who enamour you now by the end of the evening may have become an enemy to your soul.
- The Parting. The dance was powerful to make Herod do what he would never have done. John’s disciples came and buried their leader in a tomb. John the Baptist didn’t lose his head because of his message. That just created enemies, namely Herodias. No, John the Baptist parted from this world because of the dance before Herod. The dance may be electrifying and enthralling but soon it will lead to you losing what you had, even your relationships.