Hello everyone! In God’s strength and by His guidance, let’s see if we can get some Bible study going around here.
To start things off, let’s take a look at a question that John the Baptist asked Jesus. Here is the reference:
Matthew 11:2-3 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
The reason this question intrigues me is that I think of Luke 1:41 where the unborn John leaped at the sound of Mary’s voice, and all the references, especially John 1:29-32, that clearly state that John knew his purpose in life.
If John always knew he was to prepare the way, recognized the Lamb of God on sight, and leaped at Mary’s voice, how does it fit that he asks Jesus if he is the Messiah? After all this time, why does his confidence waver now?
One other verse to consider is John 1:33 where John says, “I myself did not know him.” They were cousins. Family was very important in that culture. How could John not know Jesus? And if they did not interact much growing up and John really didn’t know Jesus, why did he leap in the womb?
What do you think? John the Baptist appears in all four Gospels. I encourage you to look him up this week and come up with your own theories for this. I will do the same and we can compare notes.
Feel free to post comments on your thoughts on this from any angle. 🙂
May God enlighten your hearts and minds with the treasures of His Word.