John the Baptist & The Pharisees

One of the most famous passages of John the Baptist is when he baptizes Jesus. John knows his place and asks that Jesus baptize him because he is not worthy. Jesus persists so that the Father’s will can be fulfilled.

There were a few other things that stood out to me today when reading this passage. First, John was clothed in Camel’s hair. He also ate locusts and wild honey.

Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4 NKJV

It was also interesting to me how he responds to the Pharisees and the Sadducees coming out to him. His message is of needing to bear good fruit worthy of repentance.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:7‭-‬12 NKJV

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