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Jesus' Healing and Sending the Twelve
Comments for Study 17

Luke 8:40-9:9
Memory Verse: 50


I. Daughter, Your Faith Has Healed You (40-48)

Jesus' Mid-Ministry Travels

>1. Where had Jesus been and why did the crowd welcome him? (40, 26)

* Luke 8:40 "Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him."

* Luke 8:26 "They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee."

* This event is also recorded in Matthew 9:18-22 and Mark 5:21-34.

* "Now when Jesus returned" -Jesus had been on the south shore of the lake of Galilee.

* "a crowd welcomed him" -They were glad to see Jesus again. News of his landing spread quickly, drawing all to the shore.

* "they were all expecting him" - They were expecting him to return because Capernaum was where he lived (Matthew 9:1) and some of his disciples were from the area.

* The people liked Jesus' teachings, healing, and casting out demons. They saw Jesus as their problem solver. They wanted to be near him. Jesus' ministry was at the height of popularity amongst the average Jew and even the Gentiles. The people were like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36, Mark 6:34)

>Who was Jairus and why was he so eagerly waiting for Jesus? (41-42)

* Luke 8:41-42 "Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him."

* "Jairus" -A Hebrew name.

* "a ruler of the synagogue" -A synagogue ruler is a local leader appointed by the Pharisees. He took care of the synagogue. Sometimes he was a laymen, other times he had a salary. Matthew 9:19 refers to this one as a ruler. This man was most likely not a teacher. In today's church government terms he would be more like a deacon.

Since by this time the Jewish religious leaders had considered Jesus an "evil" man, anyone who would associate with Jesus would be considered non-spiritual and weak and therefore, one who had been mislead. This ruler could have lost everything by acknowledging Jesus, still this ruler came to Jesus.

* "synagogue" -The original Greek word is "synagoge" meaning "the meeting place for an assembly of people". It can also be translated "assembly", "congregation", and "church".

* "fell at Jesus' feet" -A sign of submission and respect. He knelt before Jesus which a ruler is not likely to do since they lead people. Even more this man was a Jewish ruler.

* "pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve" -Jairus loved his daughter, a noble father before God. He had faith that Jesus could help his daughter. Love and faith compelled him to risk everything. Today many do not care for their children this way. Selfish motives keep many parents from doing anything needed for their children's well being and future. God loves his children (us) so much he sent his One and Only Son to be sacrificed for us. Good parents will sacrifice selfish motives for the healing and well being of their children.

* "because his daughter... was dying" -Matthew says that the father claimed that his daughter was dead before Jesus meet the woman who had suffered from the bleeding. Mark and Luke only say that the father said she was dying. Mark and Luke say that she died, but that the father (and the rest of them) learned this after the woman was healed of her bleeding.

At first this appears to be a discrepancy. However, upon close examination one sees that Matthew's account of this event is only a short version of the event. Matthew is seven verses, Mark is twenty-two verses, and Luke is sixteen verses. Therefore, everything in Matthew's account is condensed.

Also, being that it took time for the father go get to Jesus' location and it took time for the men to follow him with the report of the death, the daughter had to have been dead by the time the father reached Jesus.

Dying can take time. I stood by the bed as my mother slowly died from cancer. Her breathing slowed and got weaker and weaker till I couldn't hear it nor see her body move. She let out what I though was her last breath and those with me left the room as a nurse came in. I stayed and suddenly she took a single breath. I asked the nurse, "She's still alive?" "No," she replied, "This was only a sudden compulsion. It will happen a few more times. But she is dead."

* "almost crushed him" -The streets were narrow and packed full of people because Jesus was there. Everyone was doing all they could to get near him.

>2. What delayed Jesus' short trip to Jairus' house? (43-44)

* Luke 8:43-44 "And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped."

* "bleeding" -The bleeding spoken of here is a kind that only woman can have. Her sickness was beyond the normal bleeding that a woman has during her time. Her sickness caused her to be physically weak and emotionally drained.

Not only was this bleeding a physical hindrance and agony, but it also made her ceremonially unclean shutting her out form the courts of the Lord's house. (Lev. 15:25-27.) Yet it did not cut her off from approaching Christ in faith.

This sickness would have made her a social outcast. So she had to do this in secret.

* Great loss in blood makes one sick and weak.

* Jewish books like the Talmud prescribed strange cures for this problem.

* "twelve years" -The age of the girl. (Luke 8:41-42)

Anyone who has had a sickness for twelve years can identify with the effects of such a problem on ones mental well being. Being a Jew (I only assume this), one of the children of God, at times she must have thought that somehow God cursed her.

* "no one could heal her"

Jesus Heal a Woman wit Bleeding Problem

* See art to the right by Luther, Martin, 1483-1546. The woman with the issue of blood is healed by touching the hem of Jesus' garment as he walks to the house of Jairus. Courtesy of the Digital Image Archive, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University:

>What did she believe? (Matt. 9:20-21; Mark 5:25-29)

* Matthew 9:20-21 "Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."

* Mark 5:25-29 "And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering."

* She believed that all he had to do was touch the edge of Jesus' cloak to be healed.

>Why? (Malachi 4:2)

* Malachi 4:2 "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall."

* She had no doubt because she knew that he was the promised Messiah.

* "touched the edge of his cloak" The Greek word for edge is "kraspedon" meaning tassel. Matthew 9:20 also states, "edge of his cloak." The fringes of Jesus' garment (tzitzit in Hebrew) is the tassels that the Lord commanded the Israelites to have at the corners of piece of a rectangle clothe that they would rap around their necks (Numbers 15:37-41). Malachi 4:2 prophesied that the Messiah would have healing in his tassels. Sun of Righteousness in Malachi refers to the Messiah and his wings are the tassels. She touched Jesus' tassels by faith is this verse and him being the Messiah. After this other people began reaching out to touch his tassels (Mark 5:56).

* Many who were there didn't have a concrete reason to see Jesus. She believed that Jesus fulfilled the word of God.

* Faith in Jesus based on the word of God is blessed.

>How was her faith in Jesus blessed?

* "immediately her bleeding stopped" -The woman's healing did not take weeks, days, hours or even minutes. The woman was healed instantly.

* Jesus heals people in his time and in his way.

* Many ways Jairus and the woman were different. Yet they had one thing in common, they had bold faith in Jesus.

* Jesus is almighty God illuminating with power.

>3. Why did Jesus press her to confess? (45-46)

* Luke 8:45-46 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."

* Jesus was on a mission and errand of mercy. He could have just kept going. Yet he didn't. He stopped.

* "Who touched me?" -The crowd could have thought that Jesus was offended by them pushing up against him.

* "Peter said" -Peter tried to justify the people's actions. He did not understand. He made little of Jesus' question. Perhaps Peter was irritated due to the last few days' excitement. Everywhere they went they were meet by crowds and crazy people.

* Some could think that Jesus was trying to embarrass the woman. He was exposing the woman's personal problem.

>Why was it necessary for her to put aside her shame and embarrassment and reveal what had happened? (47, Mark 6:56)

* Luke 8:47 "Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed."

* Mark 6:56 "And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

* We are meant to glorify God and enjoy him forever. We can reveal God's love, power, and grace in our life of faith only when we tell others what he did for us. Others can learn from our life of faith and praise God. We may believe it is not the right time nor the right place, but God may think otherwise. She wanted to hide God's grace to her, God didn't want her to hide it.

* Public confession is important.

>How did Jesus bless her?

* Luke 8:48 "Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

* "daughter" -Jesus established her as a child of God.

* "your faith has healed you" -Jesus often said this. What does it mean?

Faith is something that all humans possess. We have faith in many things, not all bad. For example I have faith that my children loves me. I have faith that my car has an engine in it that will start. I have faith that Ohio is not an earthquake prone zone, therefore I did not look for a home that was earthquake proof. Faith is something all humans have in our hearts, just as we can love, hate, desire, will, and hope.

No matter if people deny it, in their hearts they have a "knowledge" of God. Yet most do not want to accept this truth, so they suppress it and/or rationalize it with what they want to believe about God.

All humans have faith in something regarding origins and destinations; that is, why we are here and where we are going. But only true Christians have accepted the truthful answer to these questions. Christians believe that the answer to these questions rest in Jesus. Faith in Jesus is a gift of God.

* Jesus didn't stop at physically healing her. He also pressed for social and spiritual healing.

* Later she might have felt like she stole this, but through this she would know that Jesus accepted her.

* Later she would now what really happened.

II. Just Believe (49-56)

>4. What happened while Jairus was still speaking?

* Luke 8:49 "While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."

* This event is also recorded in Matthew 9:23-26 and Mark 5:35-43.

* Jairus was probably wondering in what Jesus was doing, why he was delaying on such a trivial matter. Then after the revealing of the healing he could have been encouraged in Jesus' healing power. His new found faith would soon be challenged to grow even more.

* Jairus was patient with Jesus.

* "Your daughter is dead" -Jairus had faith that Jesus could heal his daughter, not raise her from the dead. He may not have known of the widow's son resurrection from the dead.

>What advice did the messenger give Jairus?

* "Don't bother the teacher any more." -Humanly reasonable, spiritual ignorant. They planted fear of death, depression, and despair.

* When we have a problem and come to Jesus for help we tend to believe our problem takes precedence. He could have thought his problem was more important and demanding of Jesus' attention.

* At times our faith seems to be of no help to us.

* At times like this Satan may send well meaning and sounding people to say, "Give up."

>How did Jesus help Jairus at this crucial moment?

* Luke 8:50 "Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

* Jesus wants us to believe in him. He planted faith.

* In other words, "Don't listen to these words."

* Jesus didn't explain everything to him. He just planted words of faith.

* We can learn from Jesus to plant hope in Jesus to others.

>5. How did Jairus respond to the messenger and to Jesus?

* Kept going.

* No questions asked.

* When we just believe we find peace.

>How could this seemingly unfortunate turn of events be used to plant faith in Jairus?

* He would learn resurrection faith.

* Physical death is not the end.

* God can turn even the darkest moments around to new life.

>6. Describe the general atmosphere of Jairus' home when Jesus arrived. How might these well meaning neighbors impede Jairus' faith?

* Luke 8:52 "Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."

* Luke 8:53 "They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead."

* They planted fear of death, depression, and despair.

* "They laughed at him" -They thought he was crazy.

>How did Jesus create an atmosphere of faith?

* Luke 8:51 "When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother."

* A good environment is important for God's healing power to be revealed. Doubt and the source of doubt must be driven out.

>What does Jairus' silent cooperation show about him?

* Patient faith.

Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus

* See a wood engraving by Gustave Dore (1832-1883) to the right. Dore's drawings were in Bibles that are now in public domain. This one was scanned in by

>7. Describe the healing of the girl. Why did he tell them to give her something to eat?

* Luke 8:54-55 "But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat."

* Jesus proved she was completely healed.

>Why did he order them not to tell about what he had done?

* Luke 8:56 "Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened."

* The reason Jesus told everyone she was only sleeping was the same as them saying nothing about this.

* They would not be turned into a side show.

* If everyone outside had thought about Jesus' words they could figure out what Jesus had done.

III. Jesus Sends Out the Twelve (9:1-9)

>8. What does Jesus' calling the Twelve tell about the phase of Jesus' ministry?

* "When Jesus had called the Twelve together..."

* This event is also recorded in Matthew 10:1-42 and Mark 6:6-13.

* Jesus focus is concentrating on raising men, especially twelve Jewish men to be fishers of men. He wants them to be shepherds, leaders, and disciples makers. Part of disciple making is applying the teachings and example that Jesus gives.

* The disciples had watched Jesus:
    1) Teach the crowds.
    2) Heal people's physical ailments.
    3) Forgive people.
    4) Cast out demons.
    5) Help people grow in faith.
    6) Intermingle with people.
    7) Control the elements by stopping a raging storm.
    8) Control animals by granting Peter a great catch of fish.

* "the Twelve" -The number twelve as the number of apostles is to reflect the fact that there were twelve tribes of Israel who came out of Egypt. In the book of Revelation this fact is made evident, also Luke 22:29-30.

* Jesus' disciples were far from perfect. They had caused Pharisees to complain to Jesus about them picking and eating grains on the Sabbath. (Mark 2:23-28) They had complained to Jesus when he slept in the boat while a storm raged around them. (Mark 4:28, Luke 8:24) Still Jesus had put and kept his hope in their future. How could Jesus do this? Because he knows and holds the power of God to do anything and everything with anyone. (1 Corinthians 1:26-30)

* The disciples were young spiritually. At this time Jesus was almost two years in his three year ministry. Yet, Jesus did not think them to young to be sent out. He did not think them incapable even though they weren't as good as him. His mission was to raise them as leaders and this was part of his faith.

>How did Jesus now change the disciples life, preparing them before he sent them out? (1)

* Luke 9:1 "When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,"

* Stages of spiritual growth:
    1) Jesus calls us.
    2) We learn from and observe Jesus, following the Holy Spirit's lead as is confirmed by the Word.
    3) We apply what he learned as the Holy Spirit lead and is confirmed in the Word.
    4) We become witnesses, Bible teachers, ministers, shepherds, and mentors.

* "When Jesus had called" -Jesus called them to be his disciples, to learn from him. Now he is giving them a mission.

* "power and authority" -The power and authority Jesus gives his disciples is not for their personal gain and power, nor selfish desires. Rather, it is for the benefit of others. (Luke 22:24-27)

* "drive out all demons" -The disciples were going to engage in the spiritual battle. They were to help people who were spiritually bound. Man's real problem is a spiritual problem so Jesus' disciples are in a spiritual battle. Demon possession comes from a sin problem, sin problem comes from a faith problem.

* Many do not want to believe there are demons because they don't want to accept that the spiritual is real and that there is a spiritual battle going on. The thought of created beings that cannot be seen seems strange to many. Just because something cannot be seen does not mean that it doesn't exist. The air cannot be seem, yet it exists. Magnetic fields cannot be seen and yet exist. Planets and stars that weren't seem for many centuries can now be seen with telescopes. Did they suddenly come into existence when man's eyes first saw them? Black holes can't be seen and yet they exist. We know because we see their effects. Many plants and animals have been discovered that no one had ever seen before though they have been living for ages. The same is with demons.

* "cure diseases" -The disciples message would be confirmed as coming from God with miracles, just as Jesus' was confirmed. (Luke 7:20-23)

* Without Jesus' blessing a ministry will not make any impact in the spiritual world. (Acts 19:13-17)

>9. What was the mission he gave them?

* Luke 9:2 "and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick."

* "he sent them out" -Apostles means "persons sent to accomplish a mission". Here Jesus is sending out the twelve apostles. Jesus commissioned them to follow Him. An apostle represents the one sending and has authority to represent the sender in business, political, or educational situations.

* "preach" -Preach in the original Greek is "kerysso" meaning "to proclaim or put forth a message" and "to advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with a message" especially referring to a divine message.

* Luke 8:1 records Jesus preached the kingdom of God.

* "the kingdom of God" -The original Greek is "basieia Theos". Luke commentary 15 contains some expounding on the kingdom of God from the manuscript, "The Believer's Future - Hope that Inspires". Here is more.

"...the Kingdom of God, simply put, is where Jesus rules unquestionably; where he owns everything and everyone, because that is what his subjects want. God does not force his rule on anyone; it is our choice.

"The complexity of the definition of the Kingdom of God is because of two basic differences between Jesus' kingdom and man's kingdoms. First, the kingdoms of men and women are limited by the fact that their kings could not be one in satisfying love with the souls and spirits of their citizens. Jesus on the other hand is bound to his bride in spirit. Paul wrote, “After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:29-32)

"Jesus is currently away from his bride and yet is one with his bride through the Holy Spirit. He told his disciples during the last supper, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives in you and will be in you. I do not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 13:20) John 20:22 records Jesus after his death and resurrection, breathing on them (his disciples) saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit.”” A few days later, after his ascension the Spirit came with wind and fire. (Acts 2:1-4, 38-39) Jesus is united in Spirit with his bride. (John 14:16-17, 20)"

Anyone is in the kingdom of God if the King is in them. Are you in the kingdom of God? Is the King in you? Do you preach the kingdom of God? Are you a disciple of Jesus? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a true disciple and in the likes of the Apostles.


* Matthew 9:35-38 "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

* When people put their hope in the kingdom of God the troubles of this world seem small and fades away. The Spirit within gives us peace that transcends all understanding and guards our hearts and our minds. (Philippians 4:7)

* 2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

* 1 Peter 1:3-5 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

>What did Jesus tell them not to take?

* Luke 9:3 "He told them: "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic."

* "He told them" -This was something new for them so he had to teach them. By faith they would have to follow his instructions. His instructions were specific, clear, and reasonable.

* These instructions must not have been easy to accept.

>Why did Jesus tell them not to take the normal travel times?

* If they had to many things it would have been hard to travel quickly and freely.

* They would need to depend on God.

* People could see that they depended on God and he provided for them.

* Matthew adds, "for the worker is worth his keep". This has also been used to show that a minister should be supported by the flock of his church. Paul would later say in 1 Tim. 5:18, "For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."

Often God provides his workers through his people. If his people have no sense of debt when they receive then they do not understand how the gospel is spread. Of course the pastor must not be a slave of the flock (congregation). He is still accountable to God. Also the one receiving the support must not make the congregation feel that they are owed the support. Paul himself often refused to receive support. Rather he supported himself.

>10. What kind of relationships were they to make with people in each town?

* Luke 9:4 "Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town."

* We should be thankful for whatever and however God provides for us. Sometimes we will need to rely on the kindness of others.

* God will direct our needs when we work to have a good relationship with others.

* Living with people in the town would help them identify with the people they were ministering to. And the people who lived there would begin seeing the disciples as one of them.

* The gospel work is often done one by one. One person is converted and then helped along their new life of faith. They are many cases that when missionaries went into their field the only person converted (rather slowly too) is the one escorting them.

* When a missionary stays in one place everyone knows where they are. Thus when one wants to convert they know where the missionary is.

* The disciples were not to hide and be reclusive. All could see that they were not afraid to make a open stand.

* Cults often are not public. Their members are reclusive. Slowly they remove themselves from society.

>Why were they to shake the dust off their feet when they left towns that did not welcome them?

* Luke 9:5-6 "If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere."

* "shake the dust off" -cut off a relationship if they reject.

* If potential sheep (disciples) reject the gospel and/or the missionary (gospel worker, worker of Jesus), the missionary must not get down hearted. Instead he/she must move on to find another candidate.

* A gospel worker must leave room for God's wrath. He must not take vengeance.

* "So they set out" -Jesus had called, appointed and blessed them.

* Mark 6:12 adds, "They went out and preached that people should repent."

* Eventually we may need to move onto people who will accept and repent.

* "as a testimony against them" -Thus they would see that they were wrong and perhaps repent.

* 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 "When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord."

* 1 Timothy 1:19-20 "holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme."

>11. Why was Herod so perplexed?

* Luke 9:7-9 "Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him."

* Similar passages are Matthew 11:1-19, 14:1-12 and Mark 6:14-29.

* All three of the synoptic gospels agree that John the Baptist died before Jesus was transfigured on the mountain.

* "Herod the Tetrarch"

* "heard about all that was going on" -Herod had a strange curiosity about Jesus.

* "he was perplexed" -He never listened to what Jesus said. He only based his idea about Jesus on hearsay. He never fully investigated because he never had a real interest in Jesus and God.

* "some were saying that John had been raised from the dead"

* "others that Elijah had appeared"

* "still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life."

* ""I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?"

* The three conclusions here are not based on the word of God. Rather it's based on superstitions.

>Why did he try to see Jesus?

* "And he tried to see him."

* Herod went to John the Baptist out of curiosity and then arrested him because John offended him. Herod later would meet Jesus, not be impressed, and applaud Jesus' crucifixion.

>What does Herod's beheading of John and his attitude toward Jesus reveal about the times and needs of the people?

* Luke does not go into detail about John's death as Matthew and Mark do.

* Herod did evil acts out of selfish motives.

* Herod feared anyone who challenged his authority.

>About the danger to Jesus and the apostles?

* Herod's fear could hinder and destroy the work of God, though God's plan will always be accomplished.

* Jesus and the disciples weren't always physically save from evil acts.

* Jesus was never afraid of Herod. However, he was wise, staying away from Herod.


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