Herod had been a willing hearer of John till he touched his conscience, and then he would have no more of his preaching. A man is in a sad state when he hates the ministry which is meant to lead him to repentance. May God preserve us from so wicked a spirit. It is a sure mark of condemnation.
That Jesus saves from sin and hell,
Is truth divinely sure;
And on this rock our faith may rest
Oh let these tidings be received
With universal joy,
And let the high angelic praise
Our tuneful powers employ!
Glory to God who gave his Son
To bear our shame and pain;
Hence peace on earth, and grace to men,
In endless blessings reign.”