03/18/19 — Luke 3:1-22; Psalm 61:1-8; Proverbs 11:16-17
Matthew and Luke recorded the most details on John the Baptist teachings in preparation for the arrival of Jesus. I found one unique detail recorded in Luke’s record. The other gospels record that “crowds” came to John to repent and be baptized. But Luke tells us a bit more about the types of people who were coming & the effectiveness of John’s mission.
Luke 3: 10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Just like Jesus, John’s message was not directed to just the “religious” but included all categories of people, including the hated “enemies” of the Jews, tax collectors and soldiers.
The lesson to me — like John our message is not to be exclusive of any people but is to be shared freely and without judgement with all.