Hearing the voice
Matthew 3/2 …and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”
4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Stating the obvious – there are many different kinds of languages in the world.
If we do not know the language, regardless of how well the person or persons express themselves, we will not get their meaning.
When it comes to spiritual matters we can apply this as an analogy.
We can have ears to hear the message but not have a heart to understand it.
There was a man sent from God – who preached a God-given message, some heard and understood and others heard and did not.
John the Baptist had his own idiosyncrasies. Not exactly your normal kind of guy. There is much we could say about John.
But God Himself prophesied his coming – well-before he arrived on the scene.
God referred to him as:
‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness…’
Crying out in the literal, actual wilderness where he was initially ‘hidden’ until his showing to Israel, and crying-out in the metaphor wilderness that exists in the heart of mankind even to this day.
A barrenness, a blindness, a waywardness, a lostness that increases amidst our damaged world, as man staggers about perpetuating fake news, one-upmanship, violence, hypocrisy, deception, perversion and so on.
John was a preacher.
The problem with preaching is – your hearers require ‘perfection’ from you, as soon as you touch on any moral issues. If you do not practice what you preach, they quickly dismiss you as a hypocrite.
Sometimes with justification. Other times with no justification.
The perfection The Lord Jesus Christ manifested in His every word and deed, escapes the most saintly Christian follower.
Perfection in the speaker, is not a pre-requisite for authenticating the message you preach on Christ’s behalf. It is the message itself (if it truly comes from Christ) and is endorsed by Him by means of the holy scriptures, that authenticates itself.
The message John brought authenticated the fact that he was chosen of God.
Of course he was an upright man, who eventually laid down his life for Christ. But no man can ever claim the perfection that Christ Himself manifested as the sinless Son of God.
But the voice. Can we hear the voice? Amidst the confusion of many kinds of voices and languages, that exist today?
We all know there has never been such a deluge of ‘messages’ in our wilderness world as there is today. Blogging being just one, of many ways to put your message out there.
Can we hear the voice of God, amidst the fakeness and increasing madness that believes lie after lie?
Be sure the Christian gospel will be rejected out-of-hand. As the false gospel that man is his own saviour, adds to the wilderness of no change, and man grapples with the tragedy we have today.
Christians are told in the midst of this wilderness world:
…Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”