Writing today from Grand Junction, CO
“Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.”
Yet pride and sexuality got in his way of believing the truth John the Baptist taught; Repent. Herod did the opposite, gave in to his emotions, and had John put to death.
Notice that the repentance being preached throughout the gospels is for the nation of Israel. It is a repentance for the nation as a whole to believe the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Jesus had come to Israel to bring in the Kingdom, but incident after incident, like the beheading of John proved they did not repent and did not accept His kingdom.
“A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” Mark 6:4
The feeding of the five thousand was a shadow of what the kingdom would be like.
“I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” Psalm 132:15