Summary: The wicked and fence-sitters have their moments but are worse off in the long term.

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The Fox Turned Weasel

(Mark 6:14-29)

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2. We humans can have more than one side to us, too. As a matter of fact, we have several different personas in different environments. Our goal is to be governed by Christian ethics in all those environments.

3. Herod Antipas was the 7th son of Herod the Great, and often called Herod. Family tradition of murder, incest, power grabbing, and paranoia.

4. Jesus referred to Herod “that fox,” (Luke 13:32), sly/dangerous. But Herod had other personas, including that of a weasel, as we shall see.

5. Herod did not have character; his wife, Herodias did have character, but it was an evil character.

Main Idea: The wicked and fence-sitters have their moments but are worse off in the long term.

I. Herod Flirted with Righteousness, Proved Himself a WEASEL, and Was Often Miserable

A. Did wrong, wanted John SILENCED to the public

B. Listened to John teach, but would not jump in with TWO FEET

• I have met many weasel-like people, some professing to believe

• Jesus shepherds sheep, not weasels. Sheep follow the shepherd.

• As society changes, we can see difference between sheep & weasels

C. Escaped life through ENTERTAINMENT

1. Sought the sensational and novel (why he was interested in Jesus)

2. Excited by Salome’s dance (name not stated)

3. Most uncommitted/moderately committed are about entertainment

4. This carries over into church and is why people do not want the Word

D. His conscience TORTURED him

1. Many psychological effects of sinful choices

2. He had married his brother’s wife (still alive), incest (Lev. 18:16)

3. He had been a fool and executed John because of it

4. Had been tricked into a public oath; reminds us of Pilate…

5. Sometimes you have to just stand up and take the consequences…

6. Unresolved guilt starts a vicious circle: Cain and Abel

7. Repentance and reconciliation is the answer, but people are proud

8. People refuse to apologize or take the sole responsibility for the wrong they have done (explain rather than ask forgiveness); carry burden of guilt

9. Sadly, false guilt has the same effects… sometimes you have to believe others

E. Why did they think Jesus was someone OTHER than the Messiah?

1. Herod thought John because of GUILT

2. David was the Messianic PROTOTYPE, and he worked no miracles

3. Moses (and the Prophet like him, Deut. 18:15) and Elijah worked MIRACLES

4. They did not understand Jesus was BOTH the Prophet and the Messiah

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