Sunday, September 04, 2016

Fresh Studies in Matthew, Matthew 3


John the “Baptizer.”  It seems that theologians and scholars abstractize very human and particular experiences that are laden with cultural meanings.  John is truly one.  His message to the religious leaders is woe to those who fashion themselves as anything but pastors.  God expects certain behaviors and attitudes of care for the people from leaders.  A leader is not to put the burden of legalism on people.  These leaders were the worst offenders, according to John the Baptist and Jesus.  To abuse spiritual authority is a grievous sin.  So is using the scripture to make your own points and support your own causes.

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