BATHROBES

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 T or F:     The disciples walked about in bathrobes because they were too lazy to change into street cloths.
 
T or F:     John the Baptist was a wild, crass hillbilly of a man.
 
T or F:     Many people in America wear paints with holes across the knees because they are of the poorer class and must work on their hands and knees for a living.
  
JOHN’S STATUS
 
John was born with a silver spoon. 
You remember his father Zechariah was a priest who served in the magnificent temple.
John was born into the priestly line. That speaks volumes!
The priest were the social standard makers, religious litmus test takers, and the civil/legal judges of the day.
John was born into an elite class with the highest social rank.
He was better educated than 95 percent of the nation.
In terms of religious recognition John was born at the crest of the hill.
Economically he was probably in the upper class, for priests had financial benefits others did not.
 
The truth is that John had it all – status, education, and most likely wealth.
 
JOHN’S REPUDIATION
 
Like his father, John’s birthright was to serve at the temple.
There was one problem. John came to despise the corruption in the “organized religion” of the day.
He saw most of the priests and religious leaders as slime balls, hypocrites, widow robbers, and false teachers leading a nation away from God into dead ritual.
John repudiated the abuses of the priestly class and abandoned the option of being among the elites.  
He walked away from the magnificence of the temple service, the intelligentsia with their heady theological conversations, social commentary, the arrogance, hypocrisy and duplicity.
He would not tolerate the degradation he saw there.
John was so disgusted he turned his back on it all.
He traded in the priestly garments and dressed in leathers.
He no longer ate from the temple cafeteria but scavenged for food in the wilderness.
 
Israel had found God in the wilderness. God could be found there again!
 
JOHN’S SPIRITUALITY
 
John’s father was not just a priest. He stood out as a godly priest who had met the angel Gabriel in the temple.
John had been raised with that story – that impartation!
If ever a child had a sense of destiny and calling!
 
Johns young spirit had been seeded with, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High…“
 
JOHN’S MESSAGE
 
John was not as harsh as he was convicted, convicted to the reality the nation was lost and in desperate straits.
It needed a radical turn-around.
 
John’s strident message came from revelation of a great alarm, and the alarm needed to be sounded!
He warned of a fire torching and an axe hacking.
He did not want his people to experience those things – because he had the heart of a priest!
He would rally the people back to God, and to the mercies received in repentance.
 
There was something else – a message of Messianic Weight!
It was not just, “Repent or you will be burned and hacked” but, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”
 
Something monumental was about to take place.
God was about to act. He would not be distant but present!
All should be aware, because when the King takes decisive action heads will roll.
And comfort will come for the oppressed!
That stirred the nation and hundreds of thousands of people made the trek to the wilderness for they saw that John had the heart of a priest, but the voice of a prophet!
In those multitudes there was the fear of God, and anticipation of an amazing disruptive future!
 
John radically changed his associations, his cloths, his diet, his mailing address, and of course, his message!
 
Things change when men and women are gripped with the kingdom!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com

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