John Beheaded

John and Herod

Matthew 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus (for his name was spread abroad – Mark 6:14)

Luke 9:7-8 

7] …and Herod was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead.

8] And of some, that Elijah had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

Matthew 14:2 And he said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist (whom I beheaded – Mark 6:16); he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. 

Mark 6:17-20 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. 

18] For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife. 

19] Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 

20] Because Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and a holy man, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. 

Matthew 14:5 Herod “feared the multitude, because they counted John as a prophet”

John Beheaded Mark 6:21-29 (Also found in Matthew 14:6-12)

21] And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 

22] And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 

23] And he swear unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 

24] And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 

25] And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. 

26] And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 

27] And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 

28] And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. 

29] And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb (and went and told Jesus – Matthew 14:12)

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Apostles Sent Out

Luke 9:1-6  (Also found in Mark 6:7-13,30-34)

1] Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases.

2] And he sent them (forth by two and two – Mark 6:7) to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

3] And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey (save a staff only – Mark 6:8), neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece (but be shod with sandals – Mark 6:9).

There is a little controversy surrounding this passage since Luke says don’t take a stave (staff) and Mark says don’t take anything except a staff 

4] And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. 

5] And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. (Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. – Mark 6:11) 

6] And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every 

Mark says they “preached that men should repent.”

Mark also says they “cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

While the apostles were going through the towns preaching and healing, John the Baptist was beheaded. 

Apostles Returned 

Luke 9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, (gathered themselves unto Jesus and – Mark 6:30) told him all that they had done (and what they had taught – Mark 6:30). And he took them (by ship – Mark 6:32), and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 

Mark 6:31, 33-34 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 

33] And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 

34] And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd…
Luke 9:11  …and he received them, and spake unto them (many things – Mark 6:34) of the kingdom of God, 

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Rejected in Nazareth Again

Rejected in Nazareth AgainMark 6:1-6 (Also found in Matthew 13:54-58.)

Remember as he was beginning his ministry, Jesus went to Nazareth. He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up and read Isaiah 61:1-2.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he said to them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

And all the people in the synagogue rose up, and thrust him out of the city. They would have killed him, but he passed through their midst and went his way.

(See Luke 4:14-31 for the complete story.)


Now in Mark 6 (over a year later), Jesus went into his own country of Nazareth, and his disciples follow him. On the sabbath day, he began to teach in the synagogue.

Many hearing him were astonished.

What were some questions the people asked?

  • Where did this Man get these things? 
  • What wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands? 
  • Isn’t this the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? 
  • Aren’t His sisters here with us?

They were offended at him. 

Matthew 11:6 says, Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Jesus said, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin and his own house.

And he could do no mighty work there, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk. And he marveled because of their unbelief. 

In Matthew 9:29, Jesus touched the eyes of two blind men and said, According to your faith be it unto you. So we see belief played a part in the healing. In Nazareth, the unbelief of the people prevented Jesus from healing them.

And he went round about the villages, teaching.

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The Possessed Man in the Tombs

Mark 5:1-20 (Mark gives the most detailed account of this story.)
Also found in Matthew 8:28-34,9:1 and Luke 8:26-39.

(After Jesus calmed the sea) he and his disciples went over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes (the country of the Gergesenes).

Gadara is an area within the country of Gergesa.

When Jesus came out of the ship, he was met by a man.

How was this man described?

  • He has an unclean spirit
  • He lives among the tombs
  • He had been bound with shackles and chains often, “but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces.” ESV
  • No man could man tame him. 
  • He was always, night and day, crying, and cutting himself with stones, KJV says crying, other translations say crying out. I feel sure both are true.
  •  Matthew tells us that he was “exceeding fierce” and no man could pass by that way.
  • Luke tells us he wore no clothes.

Matthew says there were two possessed men in the tombs. This must be true. But Mark and Luke focus on the events that happened to one of these two men. 

What was this man’s response when he saw Jesus “afar off”?

He ran and worshipped him.

Then he cried with a loud voice, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? (Are you come here to torment us before the time? – Matthew 8:29) I adjure you by God, that you torment me not. 

James 2:19 says You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! (NKJV)

Come out of the man, you unclean spirit. What is your name? 

My name is Legion: for we are many. 

And Legion begged Jesus not to send them away out of the country. (Luke says “into the deep” KJV, other versions translate “into the abyss.”)

Near the mountains, a herd of two thousand pigs was feeding. 

All the devils begged Jesus to send them into the pigs.

And Jesus gave them permission.

The unclean spirits left the man and entered into the pigs. 

The herd of pigs ran violently down a steep place into the sea and drowned. 

Pigs running down a steep place is very unusual. It’s hard to even force a pig to walk down a steep place. 

The men who fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. 

And the people of the area came out to Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed with the legion of devils.

How is the possessed man described after he encountered Jesus? 

  • He was sitting. 
  • He was clothed. 
  • He was “in his right mind.”

How did the people of the area respond?

  • They were afraid. 
  • They begged Jesus to leave their coasts.

But that’s not the end of the story. 

When Jesus went into the ship, the man who had been possessed with the legion of devils begged Jesus to let him go with him. 

But Jesus said, Go home to your friends, and tell them about the great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you. 

And Jesus passed over the sea, and came into his own city, Capernaum.

And the man left, and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him. (Decapolis means ten cities. It was a country that contained ten principal cities.)

Everyone who heard his story was amazed.

Like this man, we should tell about the great things the Lord has done for us, and how he has had compassion on us.

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The Storm

Mark 4:35-41 (Also found in Matthew 8:18-23 and Luke 8:22-25,9:51-62)


  • I Will Follow
  • Jesus Calmed the Storm


I Will Follow:

And the same day, when the even was come (Jesus saw great multitudes about him – Matthew 8:18), he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 

Matthew places these events just after the Sermon on the Mount but both Mark and Luke place the calming of the storm and the possessed man in the tombs in the evening after Jesus teaches parables from a boat as the multitude stands on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Luke puts I Will Follow later than both Matthew and Mark.

On the way, a scribe said, Master, I will follow you wherever you go. Jesus told him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Jesus said to one of his disciples, Follow me. But the man wanted to go and bury my father. Jesus said, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 

Another said, Lord, I will follow thee; but he wanted to go bid them farewell to those at his house. Jesus said, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 


Calmed the Storm: 
They sent away the multitude, and the disciples took Jesus in the ship.

Mark says there were with him other little ships. 

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship. Jesus was in the back part of the ship, asleep on a pillow.

His disciples woke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? 

Jesus arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea. Peace, be still. 

And there was a great calm. 

The men marveled, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

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The Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24-40
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;

While men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares (weeds) among the wheat and went his way. When the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 

So the servants came and said to him, Didn’t you sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? He said to them, An enemy has done this.

Do you want us to go and gather the tares?

No, lest you uproot the wheat while you gather up the tares. Let both grow together until the harvest. At the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, then gather the wheat into my barn.

Then Jesus explained the parable in Matthew 37-43.

The one who sows the good seed – The Son of man (Christ)

The field – the world

The good seed – the sons of the kingdom

The tares – the sons of the evil one

The enemy that sowed the tares – the devil

The harvest – the end of the world

The reapers – angels

At the end of the world, the Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather all things that offend, and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

Other parables in Matthew 13 

Parable of the Leaven – vs 33

Parable of the Treasure – vs 44 

Parable of the Merchant – vs 45-46 

Parable of the Net – vs 47-50 

Parable of the Householder – vs 52 

Mark 4 includes:

Parable of the Seed – vs 26-29

Parable of the Mustard Seed – vs 30-32

Matthew 13:34-35 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them; That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. (Psalm 78:2)

…And when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. (Mark 4:34) Jesus said to them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. (Matthew 13:51)

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What does the Bible say about Satan?

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars (angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: 

1 John 3:8 …for the devil sinneth from the beginning… 

In Luke 10:18 Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” 

Isaiah 14:12-16 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 

Ezekiel 28:11-19 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. 

In Genesis 3:1-6 Satan tempts Eve. Vs 13-15, …And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 

Acts 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. 

In Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-7, we see Satan in the presence of the Lord. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. (1:6 and again in 2:1) God and Satan discussed Job. In 1:10 Satan says God has put a hedge (of protection) around Job. “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” 

Job 1:7 (and again in 2:2) is a revealing statement: And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 

2 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number (count HCSB) Israel. 

Zechariah 3:1-2 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee… 

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Christ) also himself likewise took part of the same (became flesh); that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

We see Satan tempting Jesus in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. During this time, Satan shows Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: FOR THAT IS DELIVERED UNTO ME; AND TO WHOMSOEVER I WILL I GIVE IT.” Luke 4:5-6 (we don’t know if this is true since Satan is speaking, and we know that he is a liar.) 

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

However do we know that Satan is the “god of this world” for a season. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

While tempting Jesus, the devil quoted scripture. Luke 4:9-11 (also Matthew 4:5-6) And he (the devil) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

Jesus told the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-8. Shortly after, he explained the parable to the twelve apostles. (Mark 4:14-20) Verse 15 says, these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts (lest they should believe and be saved Luke 8:12) 

In Matthew 13:37-39, Jesus explains the parable of the wheat and the tares…He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; 

In Luke 13:11-16, Jesus saw “a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.” He healed her. And “when the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day,” Jesus answered “…ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” 

In Matthew 16:23, Jesus called Peter Satan, saying “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” 

Later Jesus tells Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” in Luke 22:31. 

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him (Jesus); 

In Acts 5:3 Peter said to Ananias, “why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” 

In Acts 10:38 Peter speaks to Cornelius and his family and friends about “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” 

In Acts 13:10 Paul said to Elymas the sorcerer, “O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?” 

In Acts 26:18 Paul told of his experience on the road to Damascus. Jesus told Paul, “unto whom (the Gentiles) now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”

When writing of our need to forgive others, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 

In 1 Corinthian 7:5, Paul wrote to couples. “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” Paul meant “Do not deprive one another sexually — except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” HCSB 

2 Corinthians 1:11-12 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 

In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul wrote, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” 

In 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Paul wrote: …we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 
In the epistles we are given some instructions in regard to the devil. 

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. 

Ephesians 6:11,16 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. …Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

1 Timothy 3:6-7 regarding a bishop, Paul wrote: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 

2 Timothy 2:25-26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

1 John 3:8,10 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. …In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 

In Revelation 12:10 Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren.” 
What will be Satan’s fate? 

2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders 

Revelation 20:2-3And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 

Revelation 20:7-10And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

Matthew 25:41 …Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 

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