But He Answered Him Nothing

In discerning the spirits and motives of man, Jesus did not answer everyone. In witnessing, we don’t have to answer everyone to be like Jesus. Sometimes it is best to say nothing. “…many believed in His name…but Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men.” (John 2:23-24)

“For Herod was afraid of John [the Baptist] knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him [John the Baptist] he [Herod] was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him…. And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod…and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.’…and she went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’ And she said, ‘The head of John the Baptist.’…and although the king was very sorry…he was unable to refuse her. Immediately the king [Herod] sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in prison." (Mark 6: 20-28)

King Herod knew he had made a mistake and had beheaded a righteous man. When he overheard people talking about the well-known Man who worked miracles (Jesus), the Bible says:

“But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, ‘John, who I have beheaded has risen.’” (Mark 6:16)

“Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he questioned Him at some length, but He answered him nothing.” (Luke 23:8-9)

Many will say to Me on that day, "Lord, Lord…" and I will declare to them, "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." (Matt. 7: 22-23)

In His blessed assurance,


© LTW Worldwide October 2005

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