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Know God in a Year #27 Messiah’s Forerunner

Before John’s birth his father had been studying Daniel’s prophecy and knew it was time for the Messiah’s appearing. Zacharias is praying for Messiah’s coming when Gabriel, the angel who had spoken the prophecy to Daniel 500 years earlier, is sent with the news that his son will be the forerunner of the Christ!

He is given special instructions: John will be his name, he will be filled with The Spirit even before birth, a prophet “in the spirit and power of Elijah.” He is never to have alcohol. It is important that he is clear-minded and self-controlled.

Habits developed in childhood and youth have a greater affect on the character of a man than natural ability. John has to be rock solid to the core, standing against the church leaders with a message of reform, as unmovable as a mountain.

Here again, John does not attend the schools of the prophets. God prefers to teach him in nature. John chooses the wilderness as his home so he can be more aware of God’s presence, less affected by the collective consciousness.

Self-indulgence has become the norm, even in Israel. Eating and drinking are numbing sensibility and spiritual perception. John knows that self-discipline will be necessary for mental strength and spiritual insight. He lives and loves the words and metaphors of Isaiah. No wonder he prefers the simplicity and solitude of the desert as preparation.

Judea is in an uproar over the newly installed Roman governors. Clashes are deadly. The Jews are angry–ripe for revolution. The time is right for change.

Luke 1:13-17, 57-80

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