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Yesterday we looked at Mark 1.
Today it is Matthew 3.
Yes. Another view of the coming of JESUS to John to be baptized.
I won’t call it a Second Opinion.
It’s not even a First Opinion.
It’s an accounting – perhaps we could say like one written with a gel pen and one with a ballpoint – giving us a different slant, but the same story.
Today in Matthew 3 we again see John preaching.
His message is bold and necessary; that message is we must turn FROM sin TO GOD.
It’s is the only way to be saved from sin, death, hell, and the grave.
I am wondering if you have noticed what I have noticed in our society.
That’s an expectation (or shall we say demand?) that we all, particularly Christians, must be NICE.
We must be soft-spoken, tactful, obliging, and by all means necessary we must NOT offend anyone either by word or action.
Have y’all noticed that?
Would you be willing to look with me at verse 7?
7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them.
“You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? source
Would you be willing to read a little more with me?
8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
9 Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.
10 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire. source
Is there anyone willing to find fault with John?
Anyone willing to say he was WRONG to preach as he preached?
No Sir. I shall not accuse John of wrong preaching.
I would rather pray O LORD move on me that I will with no intimidation and no fear, teach and share daily in every place that YOU, LORD YESHUA, was crucified because we are sinners and YOUR BLOOD is enough to clean the vilest of us and YOUR RESURRECTION is proof that THE FATHER has received Your sacrificial death as payment for the sins of every person who will turn from their sins TO YOU and TRUST YOU for forgiveness and Life Eternal.
I appreciate and admire the man named John.
The man who wore camel’s hair clothing, tied with a leather belt; whose food was locust and honey.
I neither want to dress like or eat like him but I desire his holy boldness, especially in the face of the scariest people on earth!
Perhaps the Scariest People on Earth would vary from person to person — you, think?
For a little commentary on Brood of Snakes, click HERE.
I found it interesting and enlightening. I highly recommend you check it out.
We have the GOD-given Right to LIVE RIGHT in this WRONG world.