John’s appearance and lifestyle 

New Testament: Mark 1.6

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 1.1–22 on February 16, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

The Bible rarely gives us a glimpse of the clothing and eating habits of biblical characters, but it did of John the Baptizer: 

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

– Mark 1.6 

John’s clothing made him reminiscent of Elijah (2 Kings 1.8), of whom John was a type (Malachi 4.5–6; Luke 1.16–17). John appeared to be a tough character and his preaching came across that way, but he sought to turn people to the Lord and to prepare them to receive him into their hearts. 

Questions: 

  • What kind of man do you want preaching to you? 
  • Would you have listened to John preach if you lived back then? 

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