The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Beyond the Messenger

"John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was wild locusts and honey" (Matt.3:4).

Have you ever projected yourself back to the first century? In that the New Testament represents what was going on then, I have often made a mental journey back there from time to time. I have chosen John the Baptist today as the one that we get to listen to on our trip back in time. Would we have listened to him? "Of course", we say... "He was the one who was preparing the way for Jesus," we reply... Since what John taught has become acceptable today, it is our probable reaction to say that we would have been one of his avid followers... But look at today's verse... By all indications, John the Baptist was a bit weird, even for my eclectic tastes. In the next verse, he preceded to call the perceived religious men of the day, "a brood of vipers." You know, we probably would have had to go out into the wilderness to hear him speak. "In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the desert of Judea." If we balk at driving a long distance to get to church, or having to repeat that on Sunday night, would we have trekked into the desert? You might consider here what Jesus taught about the Queen of Sheba... "For she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom." (Matt.10:42). John wasn't always what you and I would call politically correct as he chastised those who purported to be religious. If we get upset when a preacher points out our faults, who's in the wrong? If you want to get Jesus' take on this, you might read Matthew 23:13-15.... Today's devotional was designed to be a bit "out of the box." How the truth was originally presented, and by whom might challenge our thinking as to whether we would have believed them back then... What is really important is what we believe today. Travel time or the preacher's manner or method, does not alter the truth of God's message...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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