John the Baptist is still in prison bc he told King Herod it was unlawful to marry Herodias, his brother’s wife. Well Herodias doesn’t like being called out by John the Baptist so she wants to kill John “but she could not; for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him.”
However, Herodias gets an opportunity to go in for the kill when her daughter is dancing for her husband, King Herod, and all the other important men in Galilee at Herod’s birthday dinner. Herod is so pleased with the girl that he tells her he will give her anything she wants, up to half the kingdom! 😱🎉 WOW!
The excited girl runs to her mama to bounce off ideas of all the amazing things she could possibly ask for. Herodias is full of anger and bitterness, which blinds her to her daughter’s best interest or to pleasing her husband, so she tells the girl to ask for John the Baptist’s head on a platter. 😳 Yeah, just what every girl wants 🙄 but the daughter obeys her evil mother. So John’s head is delivered on a platter and taken to Herodias. Then his disciples bury his body and tell Jesus the tragic news.
Jesus departs by boat to be by himself but the crowds follow Jesus. Jesus has compassion on them and feeds about 5,000 men, plus their wives and children, with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Then the men say, “This is truly the Prophet who is come into the world.”
We end the reading with Jesus walking on water to meet His disciples who are struggling in a boat during a wind storm. Peter asks if he can walk on the water to meet Jesus. Peter does well staying on top of the water as long as his gaze is fixed upon Jesus. But as soon as he takes his eyes off Jesus and puts them on his surrounding circumstances, he becomes fearful and begins to sink. So Jesus rebukes Peter by saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” See, even Peter, Jesus’s disciple, is on a faith journey. Jesus doesn’t give up on Peter. He is continuing to grow him into the man who will start the church.
Keep reading to see Peter become all that the Lord planned for Peter to be.
(Luke 9:7-9, Mark 6:14-29, Matthew 14:1-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15, Mark 6:45-52, Matthew 14:22-33, John 6:16-21, Mark 6:53-56, Matthew 14:34-36)