Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: John Teaches Baptism

Good morning! I've been MIA for a few days because of illness.  Still not one hundred percent yet but I'm able to sit up for longer periods of time. But I'm not here to whine about being sick, hee hee.
 Today we begin chapter three of the book of Luke. Jesus' cousin John was living in the wilderness and preaching baptism of repentence for the remission of sins (v3).
  Many came forth to be baptised by John, and they would ask him how they should live. His answer was if you have two coats, give one to someone who has none. If you have food, share with someone who has none. To publicans (tax collectors) who came to be baptised he told them, only collect what is appointed to you (tax collectors at the time had a reputation of gathering more than they should, and fattening their own wallets). To soldiers, he said do no violence to anyone;  don't falsely accuse people..  Be content with what you have.  In other words, treat others with kindness. Don't take what isn't yours. Don't be violent, don't bear false witness, and don't covet. Good advice for any person, and it comes from the scriptures.
 Not everyone was happy with John's teachings, however.  After baptizing Jesus he was imprisoned because Herod was angry with him. John had told him he was wrong for marrying his brother Philip's wife, among other things.

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