SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 3:1-4
John the Baptist came preaching in the Desert of Judea, saying repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. He quoted Isaiah, saying to prepare the way for the Lord. He wore clothes of camel’s hair, had a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4
3a) Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the one predicted by Malachi in Matthew 11:14; 17:9-13.
Luke 1:17 repeats almost exactly that verse, saying he will go before the Lord in the spirit of Elijah to turn the hearts of the father to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
2 Kings 1:8 says that he was a man with a garment of hair and a leather belt around his waist.
Mark 1:6 repeats Matthew, saying John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
Matthew 17:9-13: Jesus says that Elijah has already come but no one recognized him as such.
b) John identified himself as the voice calling in the desert for God’s glorious arrival, preparing the way for repentance from sin and turning to Jesus.
4) Nothing happens without God’s will and way. God uses people and others to carry out His will. It’s all perfection.
5a) God has been extremely good. He has given me this forum and the knowledge to share with you all. He has always provided for me and my family, and I try to do His will and help others, too. It all comes together in God’s perfect plan for your life and mine.
b) Tell others that Jesus is coming. Pray for others. Prepare myself and my family.
CONCLUSIONS BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4
Matthew skips over all of Jesus’s youth. We go from the baby Jesus to Jesus’s baptism. It jarred me a bit, but then I love a good story. I also love how Jesus is not alone in his task to save humanity. God has given him help, guidance, and companions. Great stuff!
END NOTES BSF STUDY QUESTIONS LESSON 3, DAY 2: MATTHEW 3:1-4
John the Baptist is son to Zacharias and Elizabeth, whom we met in Luke and how the couple had John by God’s miracle, too. John’s purpose is to prepare the hearts of God’s people for Jesus by telling them to turn to God.
Note the importance of the word “repent.”
- We see it here in John the Baptist’s message to the people.
- Jesus called others to repent (Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:14-15).
- The 12 disciples called people to repent (Mark 6:12).
- Paul said to repent (Acts 26:19-20).
John wanted everyone to know that the Messiah was coming so be ready!
Note that kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God is used interchangeably in the Bible. Both refer to God’s kingdome. Scholars believe that kingdom of heaven was used by Matthew since he was writing to Jews who did not like direct references to God. You’ll see kingdom of God used more in Mark and Luke.
It is super important to prepare for Jesus, which is why you all are here in Bible Study Fellowship’s study of Matthew! We must learn about Jesus, draw closer to him, and prepare for his Second Coming. Thus, John’s work is huge for believers.
A straight path to Jesus makes sense. Truthfully, is there any other way?
WHAT’S UP WITH THE CAMEL HAIR AND LEATHER BELT?
It doesn’t matter what John the Baptist wears; the point of this is that it was predicted that someone looking like John the Baptist would arise and point the way to the Messiah. Secondary is the fact that John the Baptist led a very simple life, and he made a powerful impact. We can do the same, too. We don’t need a lot to shine God’s light to the world. Contact me with questions!