Mark 6:23 (AMP)
And he put himself under oath to her, Whatever you ask me, I will give it to you, even to the half of my kingdom.
Herod’s daughter had just finished dancing at his birthday banquet where his nobles and the high military commanders and chief men of Galilee were present.
Herod was so pleased with her performance; he wanted to reward her with whatever she asked for; up to half the kingdom.
If someone was to give you that opportunity, what would you ask for? She could have asked for anything she wanted. She turns to her mother and says, “What should I ask for?” Her mother being a selfish, deceitful woman knew this was her opportunity to seek revenge towards John and says, “The head of John the Baptist!” The daughter doesn’t question the response and rushes back to Herod and requests for his head on a platter.
Herod was deeply pained and grieved by the answer, but he had to honor the oath. He quickly sends one of his soldiers to complete the task and bring John’s head on a platter. As soon as the girl receives her request, she gives the head to her mother.
We can see from this story how manipulative Herodias was. She took advantage of King Herods’ intoxication knowing he wouldn’t want to feel like a fool in front of all his guests by saying no.
The daughter was being taken advantage of as well because she requested what her mother wanted. Why didn’t she just try to negotiate with her mother? She could have asked for anything she wanted, but she turned to probably her most influencial person in her life to give her the guidance she needed to make an intelligent decision.
What are our reactions when we’re caught unguarded with a surprise. Do we react quickly or wait? Obviously, Herodias wanted John’s head immediately because she didn’t want to give Herod time to think about it; It all happened so quickly. Herodias was waiting for that opportune time to strike back and she accomplished it through her daughter.
I wonder how the daughter felt as her mother expressed her request to her and she, in turn, asked Herod for another man’s head. She had a great opportunity before her. The blessing of a lifetime, but she threw it away.
We could blame a lot of people in this story, but ultimately the one that had the power to say what she wanted was the daughter. She was asked a question and she had to supply the answer to receive what she wanted. But there are always people in the midst waiting to steal what’s not theirs. As Christians, we need to be careful. In this instance, it was her own mother who stole her blessing. Not an extended family member, friend, or foe; but her own flesh and blood who nurtured her.
We cannot pick our parents at birth or decide who influences us as a young child, but as we grow up, we have the choice to pick and choose who will help mold our lives.
This daughter seemed to be at an impressionable age and someone else took advantage of it. But we have a mighty God who, in worse cases, still loves and cares for us. God will never let us down or lead us on the wrong path.
Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]