John Lesson 2 Day 2
Study of John 1:19-28
3- People from all over Judea went to hear John the Baptist. (Matthew 3:5)
The Sanhedrin (probably) sent a team of Jewish priests and Levites from Jerusalem to investigate. Some scholars think the Jewish leadership was jealous and threatened by John’s popularity. Others think they hoped John was Elijah, the prophet, or the Messiah.
They asked John the Baptist the following questions:
“Who are you?” John answered: “I am not the Messiah.”
“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” John replied, “No.”
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” Again John replied, “No.”
“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
“If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?” John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.” (From the New Living Translation)
4- a. The beliefs behind the Sanhedrin’s questions
Are you Elijah?
Are you the prophet?
Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him…I will raise up a prophet like you (Moses) from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him.” (NLT)
The Jews interpreted these verses incorrectly also. They believed Jeremiah was to return to life and restore the pot of manna, the ark of the covenant, etc., which he had hidden that the Babylonians couldn’t get them. Besides this, they had a general expectation that all the prophets should come to life in the days of the Messiah. (Adam Clarke)
Then who are you?
Isaiah 40:3 “A voice of one is calling out, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness [remove the obstacles]; Make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” (AMP) John answered their question by quoting this verse. He is the voice Isaiah prophesied about.
b. Isaiah 40:1-11 John told everyone he came only as the forerunner of Christ, the Messiah, who is the Word, and the Good Shepherd.
5- John’s example
John’s “example shows that all Christians, and especially all Christian ministers, however much they may be honored and blessed, should be willing to lay all their honors at the feet of Jesus; to keep themselves back and to hold up before the world only the Son of God.” (Barnes)
I should continually seek to discover my unique and specific purpose.
Be obedient to my purpose.
Spend time alone with God in the secret place (my wilderness) to pursue and maintain an intimate relationship with Him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill me, lead me, instruct me, empower me, and give me the boldness needed to fulfill my destiny.
Remember it’s not about my honor and glory. To God be all the glory.
My answers, not THE answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 2 Day 2