“Born of water” (Part 3)

What was the reason why God chose to send John the Baptist before the coming of The Christ? Couldn’t He had sent Christ without him? Did John the Baptist have any real significance? Did it all have to do with “water baptism?”. Was John the “water baptizer”, and Christ the “Holy Spirit baptizer”. Is it that simple and that settles it, or does it?

In order to understand the real significance of the coming of John the Baptist, we must dive into the Prophets, Isaiah and Malachi. Also, it will do us good to pay attention to “the angel of the Lord”. After all, they are the ones that prophesied the coming of John, right? Do you think that they might have had some good insight as to why he was sent? In fact, they have spent some time in heaven with the Father, haven’t they? Or would you rather take Doctor so and so, or Professor so and so? Mere men.

Isaiah prophesied some 712 yrs. before the birth of The Christ. “The voice if him crying in the wilderness; “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isa.40:3)

Malachi prophesied some 397 yrs. before Christ. “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” (Mal.3:1)

It is obvious in these two prophesies, that John had a “message” to declare. A “voice crying in the wilderness”. And, “I send my messenger”. So, do you think that maybe his message would be important? Couldn’t God have sent Christ without one “crying a message” before Him?

The word “crieth” (crying) in Isaiah means to “call out to”, “preach”, “make proclamation”. It is the same meaning as the word “preach”. So, John was sent to preach a message, and his message had to do with “prepare the way of the Lord”. It is vital that we understand what this “prepare” is. John, commonly known as the “forerunner”, was sent to preach a message of “preparation” before the Lord comes. We will see that this preparation is and was, the whole meaning as to why John the Baptist was sent.

Let’s look at the word “Prepare”. In its Hebrew meaning, it has to do with “to turn”. This sounds familiar. Where have we heard this word before?

If we jump ahead to the New Testament and look into the coming of John the Baptist as recorded in the book of Luke, we see some striking similarities into the understanding of these two words, “prepare” (or prepared) and also, “turn“.

John’s father, Zacharias, was visited by an “angel of the Lord”. He told him about this “preparing”. The angel prophesied that “he will “turn” many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” The angel also said that, “He will also go before Him (Christ) in the spirit and power of Elijah, “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,” and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17).

See, you got to love those angels. Sounds like they might have had an inside “tip” that gave them the information to be order to prophesy.

When the angel said, “he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children”, he was referring to Malachi’s prophesy regarding sending Elijah before the coming of the “Great day of the Lord”. (Mal.4:5-6). This is the “spirit of Elijah” that the angel said that John would come in. In a sence, you could say that John the Baptist was coming in the spirit of “turning”. This will make more sence as we proceed.

Now, here is some awesome insight into these two words “turn” and “prepare” (or prepared).

The word “turn” in its Hebrew meaning, means “to turn back, to turn away, cause to return, make to return”. It is the same meaning as the word “Repent“. This is why I love to use the word “turn”.

The angel also said that he would “turn” many…. In this passage the word turn, means “convert, return, to revert, come, go again”. Wow! In our previous part 2, we saw that the “re” in regenerate, means “anew, once more, again”. Looks pretty close doesn’t it?

So, I like the idea of taking what the prophets had to say. And, I also really like what the angel of the Lord had to say. Many take exclusively, the teachings of this doctor of theology, or the other. They study all their teachings on the subject at hand. They pull down all their commentaries off the shelf, and try to arrive at one they agree with, or one that fits their own theology. Again, I say, let’s get back to the Holy Spirit and the Word.

In part 4, we will look more into John’s message, and as to why he came.  Stay tuned

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3 Responses to ““Born of water” (Part 3)”

  1. Tony Says:

    Hey, Richard, brother, I cannot tell you how much good you have done for my soul. It’s so good to know that I am not the only one out here preaching the gospel. I too have a street ministry in St. Louis, Missouri, preaching on the streets (though not nearly as often as I should) and passing out Chick tracts. So, I know the challenges for such a ministry, and how you must have a burden for souls to continue on.

    I have to give it to you. You have some very good insights and it’s obvious the Spirit is with you. Keep the faith, brother. Keep on preaching the Gospel of Reconciliation to a dying and lost world. More people need to hear about the love of Jesus. You have inspired me to step up my efforts to reach the lost, and to chronicle the journey.

    I just started my website about a week ago, and I plan on putting together a blog also. This is all new to me, so it’s moving kinda slow. I could use any pointers you may have. Keep working while it is day Richard, for as you know, the night is coming wherein no man can work. God bless you, Brother!

  2. Richard Says:

    Tony,
    Thanks brother! I am blessed to know that you have been blessed.
    It’s always nice to correspond with another brother who is called to the streets.
    Lately, I haven’t posted much about my experiences out on the streets. However, as soon as I finish with these posts on being “born of water”, I hope to return and share what God is currently doing out there. I am out every week, and try to be led of the Spirit each time. The danger is falling into “routine”. That’s the easy way to go out. Just do what you have always done. Go to the usual places. Say the usual things. NO. I have found that the Spirit is always moving and changing. There has to be a “quickening” within each and every time.
    My advice is, just let the Holy Spirit lead and direct you. Go easy, go slow, but sure and confident.
    Bless you my brother! Keep me up on what He is doing through you.

  3. kimberly Says:

    your good

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