What do you expect to see in preachers?

Luke Bible Background

03.30.2018 – New Testament: Luke 7.24–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 7.1–30 on March 30, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

We hear of a preacher and we start building expectations of him in our minds. Jesus knew that people did that, and that they did it with John,

When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written:

‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’”
(Luke 7:24–27).

It seems that many people like to have weak preachers, who are really nothing more than facilitators and psychological counselors, and who dress very nice. People had similar expectations of John the Baptist, but some saw him as a prophet. However, John went beyond a prophet, for the Lord had chosen him as a personal messenger, going before the Lord to announce the arrival of the Lord to Israel.

Questions:

  • What do you expect of preachers?
  • Are your expectations biblical?

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