John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 9, page 2 of 3)

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Chapter 9

"Actually, caffeine will only hype you up more," Bill offered.

"Thanks, Bill. Michael needs more hype," Mary said sarcastically.

"Exactly!" I retorted.

We all laughed which broke the tension I was feeling inside.

"Imagine, getting to personally know one of the original twelve," Woody said.

"I wonder how long it will be before Jesus does His part concerning John?" Tom asked.

"I can assure you, the timing will be perfect," Joshua added.

We sipped on our coffee therapeutically, drifting on the mist of our thoughts. My thoughts combed through the recent events trying to find the logic in them and then I focused on the group Bill told us about.

"Can anyone give me more information about the Herodians?" I asked.

"They're a group of people who oppose anything that is remotely religious. Recently, their propensity has been one of violence, especially against Christians. No one is sure why they suddenly took to aggression, but it's progressively getting worse. Their attacks are becoming bolder, and less prejudicial in nature. It's like they hate anyone who is different than they are," Bill offered.

"What do you have to do to be accepted by them?" Mary asked.

"I'm not really sure. I can only say it can't be a very relaxing way to live," Bill answered.

"Well, how relaxed do you think our lives will be when John is revived?" Joshua asked.

"According to the scroll we should be well protected," Woody offered. "That's not to say there won't be some surprising experience to it."

"I don't believe we'll lose sleep over it," Mary encouraged.

"It can't be any worse than living in the first century," I said.

"I can't imagine how that was, Michael," Joshua said.

"For certain people, I would imagine it was much the same as it is for the Herodians," I said.

"Does anyone know why they chose that name?" Tom asked.

"I think their leader's name is Herod," Bill answered.

"Is there really someone in this century by that name?" Mary asked.

"Either that, or he had his name changed," Woody suggested.

"No matter, it still represents the very force that was opposed to Christ in the first century, so I imagine it is no different now," I offered.

"Were they violent back then?" Tom asked.

"I'm not sure if that really describes it, Tom. They were certainly that; however, a certain deviousness was also added," I replied.

"So they were sneaky and violent," He said.

"I guess you could say that. It was difficult to tell who was and who was not your friend," I explained.

"What can you tell us about Herod?" Bill asked.

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