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“And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” - Matthew 3:9, 10.

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When John the Baptist saw that Herod had married Herodias, his brother, Philip's wife, he rebuked him for so doing. Historians say that Herodias, a grand-daughter of Herod the Great, was first married to Herod Philip 1, then she left him to marry Philip's brother, Herod Antipas, who was also her uncle. They were living, therefore, in adultery and were guilty also of incest. Angered by the open denunciation of his action, this Herod (Antipas) had John the Baptist imprisoned. “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” (Proverbs 15:10; Proverbs 12:1; Jude 7) But he could not muster the courage to put him to death because the people saw John as a prophet. Unfortunately, the wife did not share such inhibitions in that when Herod Antipas asked her daughter what would be done for her for dancing so well, she advised her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. “And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

The servants of God do not do the work with respect of persons (James 2:1) Rather, they speak the truth without reservation; they are blunt in exposing and condemning evil. They do not care about the personality involved. So was John the Baptist. He died for the truth but his reward awaits him in the world to come by God's grace.– Isaiah 57:1,2; Revelation 14:13; Matthew 11:7-11.

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