The man who prepared Israel to receive the Christ

Matthew Bible Background

01.03.2019 – New Testament: Matt 3.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 3 on January 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Before the King showed Himself to His people, He had one go before Him to prepare the hearts of the people to receive their King. Of that man who went before the King, the Bible says:

Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins (Matthew 3.4–6).

Looking at this man or watching the way he lived, including his diet, you would not have thought that his job was to announce the arrival of the King of heaven to His people on earth, but the King of heaven is about the spirit, not the flesh.

Questions:

  • Are you about the flesh or the spirit?
  • Are you in the Kingdom of Christ?

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