This is Part One of this week’s Tuesday Night Bible Study and today we will once again look at the character trait of humility that John the Baptist exhibited when he chose to not defend himself against the accusations of the Jerusalem delegation but instead pointed the conversation back to Jesus. If we could only learn this tactic in our day of keyboard warriors who defame others while hiding behind their computers. But, that is a lesson for another time.
The text we will be looking at this week is as follows:
Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. (John 1:24-28)
We will also look briefly at the different political, religious, and social groups that made up the Jewish landscape in the time of Jesus: the Pharisees, Sadduccees, Zealots, and the Essenes.
I pray you will be blessed on this third day of June and be encouraged to strive to become more like Him.