A good post from The Orange Mailman – perhaps worth listening to “On Jordan’s banks…” afterward.
#1 ~ The Harbinger of the Kingdom (John the Baptist)
Discussion. What is the meaning and significance of baptism?
The first two parable of the Kingdom of Heaven are not spoken by Jesus, but by John the Baptist.
Matthew 3:1-3 ~ The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness. Matthew quotes Isaiah 40:3 in reference to John the Baptist. Let’s compare Isaiah 40:3-11 to understand the context. Verses 3-5 talk about preparing a highway for God. Verses 6-8 give the message that the voice is supposed to proclaim. Verses 9-11 tell us that the message goes out from Jerusalem that the Lord GOD will come with might and be a shepherd to His people.
(This was a good discussion and prompted a discussion at the end of the lesson about how closely John’s message paralleled the message presented here. All flesh is as grass and will wither away. John’s message…
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