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He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias”. John 1:23

Encouraging words, aren’t they? I’m surprised that they haven’t made one of those Praise & Worship songs that repeat the same verse endlessly out of this scripture. (Maybe they have and I just don’t know it.)

Actually, although subtle, this was about as harsh a statement as John the Baptist could have come up with. It really shoved in it their faces. But then, John wasn’t known for his finesse.

There was a pretty big uproar in the churches in those days over this weird guy out at the Jordan River that was baptizing crowds of common people, and the church big shots wanted to know what was going on. Everybody was dumping the dead churches and heading out to the river.

Well, the problem was more than just that they were losing their congregations. John was preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sins!

Whoa! Wait a minute! Who the heck do you think you are? You can’t do that! They are supposed to bring a lamb of the flock to the priests to be sacrificed for their sins. They can’t just dunk in some water and ask God to forgive them.

If this thing was allowed to go on, there’s no telling where it would lead.

For one thing, it would be the end of the power and authority that the priests and Levites held over the people, because they would no longer have to come to them for their blood sacrifices.

For another, regular common people might start thinking that they could preach the Gospel. We can’t have that. You’re supposed to have a degree to do that.

Well, John had news for them – the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world had come and would be the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. And yes, it would spell the end of the Levitical priesthood. The religious would end up being rejected, not only by the people, but by God Himself.

What’s more, God would raise up men and women of power and authority in the Holy Spirit, and they wouldn’t be getting their credentials from some stupid Seminary. God can speak through the mouth of a jackass, but He doesn’t need the jackasses that call themselves professors to speak for Him.

So who do you think you are, John? Do you claim to be the Messiah, or Elijah, or some big shot that can turn everything we’ve got going in the churches upside down? You’ve no credentials, no degree, and you have no ordination papers giving you the authority to do this.

No, I’m just a voice, John answered.

But by quoting the prophesy that declared the spiritual landscape to be a wilderness, he was in essence, calling these Pharisees backslidden devils that were on their way to Hell – in subtle terms, of course.

Here’s another thought for you. The same prophecy applies today just before His 2nd Coming.

Same situation, same cast of characters, same landscape, and same timing.

Is that subtle enough for you?

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