Day 93: A Guilty Conscience

Luke 9:6-10 :

They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the Good News, and healing everywhere. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again. Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?” He sought to see him. The apostles, when they had returned, told him what things they had done.

Herod, in this story, was perplexed instead of happy when he heard that Jesus and His disciples were healing people in amazing ways. He had invested himself in the in the idea that John was not that important and had him beheaded only to find out a whole group of “john-like” people and one greater than John were going around doing much more than John ever did and it bothered Him enough that Luke records it here.

The Bible says that a murder will feel guilty:

Proverbs 28:17 :

A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death;
no one will support him.

You can sense the torment going on within Herod here. This also explains the torment going on in the “modern world” today. Millions of abortions have been performed in the name of convenience and many couples who have had them are currently being tormented because of the “life blood” they have taken. The Bible makes it clear that this torment will last until death, but consider this also: When Jesus died, so did we.

A murderer who dies is no longer a fugitive and Jesus paid the death price for anyone who has ever had an abortion or committed murder. Jesus also said that anyone who hates his brother commits murder in his heart. We are all fugitives waiting for death. We are all guilty. When we have faith in Jesus and the fact that we died when He did, we can be free from this “life blood” bondage. We still must deal with the fact that the murder was done, and there may be consequences in this life, but we are free from the inner torment that is only natural for one who commits murder.

A serious problem develops when we fail to face the facts and accept the solution from God. The hardness of heart may cause a person to continue to murder, making the problem worse. God has given mankind a way out of this but we can still choose to live on as a fugitive.