The Haunting Voice of Righteousness: Mark 6:14-18

We have noticed that the primary theme of Mark is that Jesus is a servant. That is, He came to serve others by His sacrificial life culminating in His death and resurrection. Yet, while He is a servant, He is also the king. He is the servant king. He came preaching about a kingdom and like every kingdom has a king, this servant is king of His kingdom.

Please discuss the beauty of the Kingship of the King of the Universe being veiled in the Servant, Jesus Christ.

Yet, ironically we have the true King Jesus compared to a man who was a:

I. Make Believe King

Herod Antipas, in the family of Herods, was a tetrarch of the regions of Galilee and Perea from 4BC to 39 AD. A tetrarch was not a king, but was more of a governor of an appointed territory (tetrarch technically meaning governor of a fourth). The name Herod was not an official title, but was rather a surname or family name. Yet, while Herod was not a king, he greatly desired this official title. He even appealed to Augustus in Rome to be officially recognized as such. However, he was denied. Nevertheless, this did not stop him from referring to himself as such. It is also likely that many within his territory also referred to him as “king.”

It seems that while Mark may be possibly simply referring to him as king (the only time in Scripture he is referred to as such) because herod and others used this title, it is also quite likely that there is a quite an appropriate touch of sarcasm being used.

Please discuss the contrast here between Jesus and Herod. What is your reaction to this contrast?

How does Herod actually illustrate our nature?

Here is a man so desperately trying to be a king and another Man who is King, yet is not grasping for the privileges of His rightful Kingship (see and discuss Philippians 2:6&7).

Jesus was completely secure, completely at peace, and completely accepting with who He was, what His mission was, and the infinite cost that would come with it. People, including Herod, were trying to figure out who He was.

II. There was a decent, but Not Worshipful Estimation of Who Christ was. (Read verses 14-16)

Discuss what your thoughts are on the belief that this was John the Baptist raised from the dead? What does this say about the supernatural occurrences that were taking place in the ministry of Christ?

Discuss why some thought that Jesus was the Elijah like figure predicted in Malachi 4:5 to come before the Messiah?

How did Jesus fulfill the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15, yet was not simply just another prophet?

Discuss how we on one hand see ourselves as too high, yet undervalue and underestimate the value and office of Christ.

While Herod could not detect exactly who Christ was, He identified the ministry of Jesus with the ministry of John the Baptist. The voice of Christ had thundered from John, and He could still hear…

III. The Echo of The King’s Voice (Read verses 17&18)

Discuss the situation that was going on with Herod and his wife. How were the righteous words of John the Baptist haunting him?

Morrison makes a precise observation when he writes the following: “Kingliness has changed places: the subject did not fear the sovereign: the sovereign feared the subject.”

The reason that Herod feared John was because He could hear the actual King’s voice.

Pathetically, Herod Antipas would also, much later, petition Caligula for the title and position of king and would still be rejected. Yet, this time he would be seen as a traitor and banished from his governorship. Herod’s drunken pursuit of power would not be deterred and his life ended in emptiness and tragedy.