Tag: John the Baptist

  • Biblical Principle #230: The Nazirite Vow

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, GOD gave guidelines for Israelites who took a Nazarite vow. Explanation We previously established that certain individuals were set apart from the assembly of Israel in a preventative manner for maintaining the purity of the whole. Similarly, certain individuals were set apart in a unique sense…

  • If You Miss This Important Truth, You’ll Misunderstand John the Baptist

    A critical truth regarding John the Baptist and Malachi’s prophecy often goes overlooked. If we miss this, we will fail to properly understand John’s mission and the judgment. This post examines that connection and how it affects our overall understanding of Scripture. … Welcome to the 14th post in my series of rethinking Christian eschatology.…

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 5 (Why Was Jesus Baptized?)

    Why was Jesus baptized? That’s the question we’ll answer in this post. Welcome to part 5 of my Biblical Baptism series. These posts build on each other. If you need to catch up, here are links to the previous posts: Download series as a PDF Apologies: I haven’t gotten my downloads set up since migrating my…

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 4 (What was the purpose of John the Baptist’s Baptism?)

    What was the purpose of John the Baptist’s baptism? Why was John baptizing Jews who lived under the Law of Moses? In this post, we’ll answer these questions. … Welcome to part 4 of my series on baptism. These posts build on each other. If you need to catch up, here are links to the…

  • October 25 – Jesus Heals, Opposition Grows

    Reading Mark 2:13-14 Matt. 9:10-13; Luke 5:29-32 Luke 5:33-39 John 5:1-3, 5-47 Matt. 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28 Matt. 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11 Matt. 12:15-21; Mark 3:7-12 Luke 6:12-19 Devotional One day while walking along the Sea of Galilee and teaching a crowd, Jesus called Matthew, who was a tax collector, to come follow Him, and…

  • October 24 – Jesus Begins the Great Galilean Ministry

    Reading Matt. 4:12-17; Luke 4:14-15 Luke 4:16-30 Luke 5:1-10a Matt. 4:18-22; Luke 5:10b-11 Mark 1:21-38 Matt. 4:23-25 Mark 1:40-45; 2:1-12 Devotional After Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned by Herod, He returned to Galilee, staying in Capernaum. From this point forward Jesus began preaching repentance because the kingdom of heaven was near.…

  • October 23 – Jesus’ Early Work in Judea, Samaria, and Galilee

    Reading John 1:35-51; 2:1-25; 3:1-36; 4:1-54 Luke 3:19-20 Devotional Jesus gathered His first four apostles: Andrew, Peter, Philip and Nathanael. Andrew had been one of John the Baptist’s disciples and had left John to follow Jesus. Andrew asked Jesus where He was staying, followed Him and spent the day with Him. Andrew went and found…

  • October 22 – Jesus is Baptized, Commended, and Tempted

    Reading Luke 3:1-6 Matt. 3:4-6 Luke 3:7-18 Matt. 3:13-17 Luke 3:21-23a Matt. 4:1-11 John 1:19-34 Devotional In about 27 A.D., John the Baptist received the word of GOD while in the desert. He then went into all the country around the Jordan River and preached baptism for repentance and forgiveness of sins. John’s mission was…

  • October 20 – Jesus is Born

    Reading Luke 1:5-80 Matt. 1:18-25a Luke 2:1-38 Devotional Finally, after almost 10 months of daily reading, we reach the second most important event in human history—Jesus is born! (The most important event would be Jesus’ death, of course.) Let’s recap the major events of today’s reading. After 400 years of silence, GOD sends a message…

  • October 5 – Malachi’s Message of Repentance

    Reading Mal. 1:1-4:6 Devotional The book of Malachi was written sometime between 500-460 B.C. The prophet Malachi receives a message from GOD which is a series of questions and answers given in rebuke of the Jews who have fallen into discouragement and are guilty of simply going through the motions of serving GOD, but their…