He feared the people. Fear is a fickle emotion. It can cause us to go in one direction and then another. Take Herod as a case in point. He had wanted to put John the Baptist to death, but he didn’t because he feared his people, who believed that John was a prophet. But then later, fear moved him to order John’s execution because he didn’t want to offend the guests at his birthday party. Fear, insecurity, mistrust—these seemed to control Herod...