The Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes

The Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes

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Planned Opposition

This is Part One of this week’s Tuesday Night Bible Study, and today, we will once again look at the character trait of humility that John the Baptist exhibited when he chose not to defend himself against the accusations of the Jerusalem delegation but pointed the conversation back to Jesus.  If we could only learn this tactic in our day of keyboard warriors who defame others while hiding behind their computers.  But that is a lesson for another time.

The text we will be looking at this week is as follows:

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.  And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”  John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.  It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”  These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  (John 1:24-28)

We will also look briefly at the different political, religious, and social groups that made up the Jewish landscape in the time of Jesus:  the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and the Essenes.

I pray you will be blessed on this third day of June and be encouraged to strive to become more like Him.


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The Perfect Testimony of John the Baptist

The Perfect Testimony of John the Baptist

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Following the Lead of a Great Man

This is Part Two of this week’s Tuesday Night Bible Study and we will be looking deeper into the testimony of John the Baptist as recorded in John 1:19-23.

Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”  And they asked him, “What then?  Are you Elijah?”  He said, “I am not.”  “Are you the Prophet?”  And he answered, “No.”  Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us?  What do you say about yourself?”  He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the LORD,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:19-23)

Here we learn more about the makeup of the hostile delegation sent to John from the religious elite in Jerusalem.  But we also will look at the word “testimony” to discover the depths of its meaning and how John the Apostle uses it over 70 times in his writings alone.  Why is that?  You’re soon to find out.

As you study along with us today, consider the elements of your own testimony.  How much of it is about you?  And how much of it reveals Christ?   Something to consider, isn’t it?

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