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Chapter 8- “…the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”

 

 

Chapter 8- “…the Voice of one crying in the wilderness.”

 

John:

 

1:6 A man named John was sent from God.

1:7 He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

1:8 He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.

1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

1:10 He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.

1:11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

1:12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,

1:13 who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

1:14 And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

1:15 John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”

1:16 From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,

1:17 because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

1:18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

1:19 And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites [to him] to ask him, “Who are you?”

1:20 he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Messiah.”

1:21 So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

1:22 So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?”

1:23 He said: “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

1:24 Some Pharisees were also sent.

1:25 They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?”

1:26 John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,

1:27 the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”

1:28 This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. John the Baptist’s Testimony to Jesus.

1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

1:30 He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’

1:31 I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”

1:32 John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.

1:33 I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.’

1:34 Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” The First Disciples.

1:35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples,

1:36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

1:37 The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

1:38 Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

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1:39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”[a]

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

 

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Chapter 5- Young John from the Novel, “Jesus and John,” by Dr. Pelham Mead, Xlibris publishers

Chapter 5- Young John

 

Luke:

 

1:57 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.

1:58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

1:59 When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,

1:60 but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”

1:61 But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”

1:62 So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.

1:63 He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.

1:64 Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.

1:65 Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.

1:66 All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The Canticle of Zechariah.

1:67 Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

1:68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.

1:69 He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant,

1:70 even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old:

1:71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,

1:72 to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant

1:73 and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that,

1:74 rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him

1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1:76 And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

1:77 to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us

1:79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

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1:80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

 

“The child (John) grew and became strong in spirit living in Hebron, Judea. John’s father Zechariah saw to it that John was well trained in the bible and Hebrew tradition. Every year Zechariah would take his family, Elizabeth and John to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration Here they would meet Joseph of Nazareth and his family Mary, Jesus, and his brothers and sisters. John was 15 months older than Jesus, however they got along very well. John’s nickname for Jesus was “little Yeshua,” because even when they were young boys John was taller than Jesus. By the time John was 13 he grew to six feet four inches tall while Jesus was only five foot ten inches.

 

One year when John was eight and Jesus seven years of age, their families met in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. During the week they stayed in tents outside the walls of Jerusalem because they had no relatives living inside the walls of Jerusalem that had any room for their families. While Joseph of Nazareth and Zechariah the priest and father of John were sitting around a fire and talking, John and Jesus were running among the tents outside the walls of Jerusalem.

“Little Yeshua, can you catch me or are you as slow as a turtle,” John shouted. “I will catch you and bury your face in the sand,” Jesus replied as they ran around the tents. John tripped on a tent cord and Jesus finally caught up to him as he rolled on the ground. “Alright you win ‘little Yeshua,’ John shouted as he swallowed some sand. It wasn’t until an hour later that Joseph and Zechariah noticed that John and Jesus were missing. “Mary do you know where Jesus and John are,” Joseph asked? “No I have not seen them all morning,” Mary replied. “James go and look for your younger brother and swat him in the head and bring him back here for your mother and I,” Joseph shouted. “Must I find the little weasel father,” James replied. “You are the eldest and it is your duty to keep track of your brothers and sisters,” Joseph stated firmly. James left in a huff to look for his brother Jesus and their 2nd cousin John. James found them in no time running around the tents in the tent city outside the walls of Jerusalem. “Come here Jesus for your father and mother are concerned as to your whereabouts. You are to return to our tent immediately,” James commanded. Jesus gave James a strange look but turned to John and said,” let us return to our tents before our parents get mad.” So all three returned to their family tents.

 

John liked to quiz Jesus on his knowledge of the bible since John was always studying the bible with his father who was a priest in the temple in Jerusalem. “Little Jeshua, who freed the Jews from the Egyptian Pharaoh?” John asked. Jesus responded quickly, “Moses.” “Good, now where did our Jewish forefathers spend 500 years in captivity?” Jesus thought for a second and said, “Babylon.” This game would go on for hours until the boys tired of the game and sought other entertainment. They were the best of friends each year at Passover time and when the Passover Festival was over they both returned to their towns. John returned with his family to Hebron that was south of Jerusalem and Jesus and his family returned north to Nazareth in Galilee.

 

After returning from the Passover feast John’s father Zechariah took John aside and said “It is time for your formal religious education to begin my son.” “I have asked Rabbi Slocum to spend time with you each week learning the bible and the torah,” Zechariah said. “This will prepare you for your coming of age ceremony at age twelve in a few years,” Zechariah went on to say. “Thank you father, I welcome the learning Rabbi Slocum will provide me. And so from that day forward John received formal religious training several times a week. He was a bright student and always asking questions.

 

One day John said to Rabbi Slocum, “who are the Essenes, Rabbi?” Rabbi Slocum an older man with a long white beard and a large distinctive nose and beady little eyes thought about the question for a moment and then replied,” they are Jewish brethren that seek the truth in Judaism and live in communities away from Jerusalem.” “Are they Pharisees or scribes,” John asked? “No John, they are Jews that want to live a life of purity and follow the old traditions of Judaism,” Rabbi Slocum replied. “I have heard that they live in the desert by the Dead Sea,” John commented. “Yes they live in Qumram near the Dead Sea and they follow a person called the ‘enlightened one,’” Rabbi Slocum responded. “Now let us get back to our studies,” Rabbi Slocum asked.

 

From early on John had an interest in the Essene community and what they were doing out on the edge of the desert near the Dead Sea. He had seen the Essenes one Passover coming as a community to worship in the Temple during the Passover Holiday. They looked like any other person in Jerusalem but dressed a little differently with their robes that were bright in color.

 

At age twelve, John was ready for the ‘coming of age ceremony,’ to be held in the temple in Jerusalem because his father Zechariah was a Priest in the temple and this gave him special privilege. Joseph of Nazareth and all of their other cousins and family were invited to the ceremony. John was to do several readings that Rabbi Slocum had prepared him for. The ceremony went well, and one of Zechariah’s friends who was a priest, and Rabbi Slocum were the leaders of the ceremony. Now John was officially a member of the local synagogue, and Hebrew member of the state of Israel, and an adult Jew. It was a great moment for John because it showed his father that he was ready for greater things perhaps as a priest or maybe a prophet as the Angel of the Lord had decreed when he was born?

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The Intercontental land mass that led the survivors to Hawaii

The Intercontental land mass that led the survivors to Hawaii

After the Comet hit the earth the poles melted and the world flooded up to 6,000 feet above sea level. A Christian group and a Jewish group were in the mountains near Lake tahoe, California when the Comet struck. They had just enough time to seek higher ground to survive the world-wide flooding.

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Elijah the Jewish Cantor

Elijah the Jewish Cantor

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