“Ask for the head of John the Baptizer.” Mark 6:24 (The Message Bible)
The demise of John the Baptist is a story about adultery—that of Herod and Herodias (the wife of Herod’s brother, Philip). Long story short: At a birthday party, Herodias’ daughter dazzled Herod with a dance. In return, he offered her anything she desired. Her mother, who wanted revenge for John’s accusation that she and Herod had an affair, told her daughter to request that John’s head be brought to her on a platter. To keep from losing face, Herod (even though he really was in awe of John) ordered the execution and the head delivered to Herodias.
In regards affairs, I like the lyrics in Carrie Underwood’s famous song, Before He Cheats: “I dug my key into the side of his pretty little cooped up 4-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats…baseball bat…” Now that’s what I call revenge. Much cleaner, and repairable, too.
Dear Lord, help us keep from situations that might cause revenge. Amen.