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FINAL PAPER - Who Was John the Baptist

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Joshua Huver 27 April, 2008 J. Bird REL 1120 Who Was John the Baptist? A common reoccurrence throughout the Bible is that before something major happens, a minor detail or character or something of the sort always comes before it to announce its successor. Examples of such instances are located throughout the Old Testament, but it is in the New Testament that a major predecessor is overlooked: John the Baptist, the predecessor to Jesus Christ. Who was John the Baptist? Why was he imprisoned and sentenced to death? John lived as a hermit despite his mass number of disciples. He refused proper life in the major cities to live in the wilderness and spoke out against the many injustices happening around him. It is because of this different lifestyle and his outspoken opinions, specifically those against King Herod, which ultimately led to his death. The passage I’m concentrating on is found in Matthew’s Gospel and it reads: “At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus, and said unto his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore do these powers work in him.” For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. For John said unto him, ‘It is not lawful for thee to have her.’ And when he would have put him to death, he feared the
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multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she should ask. And she, being put forward by her mother, saith, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist. And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat with him, he commanded it to be given; and he sent and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought on a platter, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus. Now when Jesus heard it, he withdrew from thence in a boat, to a desert place apart” (Matt. 14-1-13a) Why would Herod have John arrested? What was John all about? We know from Luke’s gospel that He was a gift from the Lord to Zechariah and Elizabeth, an old and religious couple who were without child. But when Herod the Great sent out his decree to have all of the infants aged two years and younger to be murdered, Elizabeth took John into the mountains for hiding. When Zechariah refused to reveal the location of his family, he was murdered. Shortly after, Elizabeth died of complications and the child John was taken under the wings of God’s angels. From there absolutely no records, not even myths, exist about the growing up that John did on his own in the wilderness. All
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