Mark 6:21-28 “And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.”
Text “And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.” Mark 6:24-25
Before us is the Folly of Poor Counsel! Within this story there are two great principles that we would do well to learn! There is the choice to counsel. Herod said, “Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee” (vs.23). While Herod gave no consideration to what he said, this young lady was wise enough to give some consideration to what she said! Before her was a great opportunity and the wisest thing she could do was seek the counsel of others. The second great principle is the choice of counsel. The only thing smarter than seeking counsel, is seeking the right kind of counsel! This young lady sought out unproven counsel. Her mother obviously had not provided her with good advice in the past concerning proper attire and associations. The truth is she should not have been dancing in provocative attire before the lustful eyes of these old men. The girl sought unscriptural counsel. The person she sought out for counsel was living a life of rebellion. She was opposed to the ways of God and the Word of God. She sought unloving counsel. Her mother gave no consideration to what was best for her daughter, she was living for herself. To seek the wrong counsel is worse than choosing no counsel. Chose wisely!