The name Herod is mentioned nearly 50 times in the New Testament, but Scripture is not speaking of just one man.
Herod the Great and his lineage feature prominently in the history of ancient Judea. In fact, the well-documented period of influence that these rulers had helps serve as reliable chronological markers when dating the events recorded in the Gospels and the book of Acts.
Their prominence in both secular history and within the Biblical narrative makes understanding the history of the Herodians important to better understanding New Testament times.
Here’s a brief overview of the Herodians and their appearances in the Bible:
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise; The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!
One of the 6,000 hymns written by Charles Wesley, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing was written by Wesley in 1739 to commemorate the first anniversary of his conversion.
Read a story from Carl Price’s One Hundred and One Hymn Stories about Wesley’s conversion and they lyrics he penned to commemorate it.
Charles Wesley, the greatest hymn-writer in Methodist history, wrote over six thousand hymns, some of which have attained the first rank in English hymnody. He and his brother, John Wesley, admitted that they made more converts through their hymns than through their preaching.
Charles Wesley usually celebrated each anniversary of his birthday by writing a hymn of praise to God. Little wonder, therefore, that the first anniversary of his conversion, his spiritual birthday, should be celebrated by one of the most helpful hymns in use among Methodists.