A Tale of Two Kingdoms

Hampden United Methodist Church

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Mark 6:14-29

Pastor Galen, July 15th, 2018

The opening lines of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities could be an apt description of the time of Jesus and King Herod.

Dickens, referring to the cities of London and Paris during the French Revolution, said,

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness… (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859)

Rather than a tale of two cities, Mark’s gospel account tells the tale of two kings, and two kingdoms.

Two Very Different Kingdoms

On the one hand, there’s the kingdom of King Herod, a king who is haunted by the memory of the righteous prophet that he so…

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