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What Went Ye Out To Behold?. Luke 7:24-27. Luke 7:24-27.

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Luke 7:24-27

24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken with the wind? 25 But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. 26 But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

a reed shaken with the wind
A Reed Shaken with the Wind?
  • Along Jordan River, fragile reeds easily swayed by wind were common
  • Parallel denotes vacillating man; unstable; easily swayed by changes in popular opinion or practice
  • Questions may have suggested instability to some
  • John’s life showed he was not such:
    • John 1:35-37 ----- 3:22-30
    • Luke 3:2-9
    • Mark 6:17-28
shaken reed preachers today
Shaken-Reed Preachers Today?
  • Some put “finger in the wind” to test what to say
  • Some vacillate from one view to the next because of audience, opposition or benefit to self
  • Social gospel approach appeals to whims of man
  • Not true of gospel preaching:
    • 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
    • Mark 13:12-13
    • 2 Timothy 4:2-5
    • 1 Peter 4:12-16
man clothed in soft raiment
Man Clothed in Soft Raiment?
  • Greek phrase may refer to effeminacy, luxury or refinement
  • English equivalent is “dandy,” “fashion plate” or one overly concerned with appearance
  • John’s life showed he was not such:
    • Matthew 3:4
    • Mark 1:6
  • John’s dress emphasized his prophetic place & message - both originated with God
appeal by physical appearance
Appeal by Physical Appearance?
  • Clerical robes of denominations violate principle
  • Some pride themselves on “trademark” clothing
  • Same principle whether in dress, title or speech (showy vocabulary, pleasing delivery, PhD, etc.)
  • Appeal based on style rather than substance
  • Not true of gospel preaching:
    • Acts 12 - compare Peter & Herod
    • Matthew 23:5-9
    • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 --- 2 Corinthians 4:1-5
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A Prophet?

(Speaker of God’s Message)

yes a prophet
Yes, A Prophet!
  • Work of John as prophet was foretold in OT
    • Isaiah 40:3
    • Malachi 3:1
    • Malachi 4:5-6
  • When he came, John preached message of God
    • Matthew 3:1-12
    • Mark 1:1-4
    • Luke 3:2-14
  • John never attempted to change the message
do we seek pure truth of god
Do We Seek Pure Truth of God?
  • Example of Cornelius & house (Acts 10:33)
    • Sent immediately to hear
    • All present --- readiness to hear
    • To hear all things
    • Commanded of God
  • Example of hearing law from Ezra (Neh. 8:1-8)
    • “People were attentive unto the book of the law”
    • “Read therein… from early morning to midday”
    • “All the people stood up” - Respect shown for word
  • Must have spiritual desire (Matt. 5:6; 1 Pet. 2:1)