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Old 12-16-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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In Matt 3:1-3 It says that: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." I have some questions regarding this text.
What religion had John the baptist? Was he a regular jew? And why does he talk about the kingdom of heaven, wasn't that Jesus' preachings ? Is it from the Old Testament ?

Thanks
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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In Matt 3:1-3 It says that: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." I have some questions regarding this text.
What religion had John the baptist? Was he a regular jew? And why does he talk about the kingdom of heaven, wasn't that Jesus' preachings ? Is it from the Old Testament ?

Thanks
Good to see you are reading your bible. There are several websites which have commentaries that will help you.
Matthew 1:1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
StudyLight.org - Your Gateway to Advanced Bible Study Tools for FREE
BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages.

May you be richly blessed.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:33 PM
 
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In Matt 3:1-3 It says that: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." I have some questions regarding this text.
What religion had John the baptist? Was he a regular jew? And why does he talk about the kingdom of heaven, wasn't that Jesus' preachings ? Is it from the Old Testament ?

Thanks
What we know about John the Baptist comes from the gospel accounts and from Josephus in 'Antiquities of the Jews' Book 18, chapter 5, section 2.

John was a Jew, a descendent of Aaron, Moses' brother, and was therefore in the priestly line. John's father Zechariah was serving his term of priestly service in the temple when he was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that his wife would bare a son who they would call John, who would be the forerunner of Jesus and prepare the way for Him, announcing His coming and the fact that the kingdom of Heaven was at hand, for Jesus is the king of the kingdom and offered the kingdom to the Jews at His first advent. Had corporate Israel not rejected Jesus as the Messiah, He would have established the kingdom after going to the Cross. But since He was rejected, the physical kingdom on this earth was postponed until His return.

We can't really identify John with a particular religious group. However, the fact that the angel Gabriel said that John would drink no wine or liquor (Luke 1:15) may suggest that John later took a Nazirite vow, although no mention is made that that John never cut his hair which was a requirement when under a Nazirite vow (Numbers 6:5). He had no use for the hypocrisy of Pharisaic Judaism.

The kingdom is certainly taught in the Old Testament. For example, the kingdom is mentioned in Isaiah chapters 9 and 11, Jeremiah 23:5, Ezekiel 37:21-28, Daniel 2:44.

I hope that helps.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:22 AM
 
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And why does he talk about the kingdom of heaven, wasn't that Jesus' preachings ?
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You might also find Luke 11 v 1 of interest because it mentions there one of Jesus' disciples said to Jesus to teach us how to pray just as John [ the baptizer ] taught his [John's] disciples, then Jesus replies with his model prayer at verses 2 to 4.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:52 PM
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Adding to the excellent work here, I include the below verses (apologizing in advance for any redundancy):

The concept of the Kingdom of God is partly an O.T. concept. Notice, in Daniel:

Daniel 4:37: "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down."

Daniel 2:44: "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."

Thus God, and His Kingdom, are inextricably connected. Notice the Names given to Jesus:

Isaiah 9:6: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, ***and the government will be on his shoulders***. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (emphasis mine)

Finally, we see in 2 Peter 1:11: " for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

The Lord, and His Kingdom, are connected - thus came John the Baptist's call to "repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" - as he foretold the imminent coming of Jesus.

I hope this helps clear things up ?

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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In Matt 3:1-3 It says that: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." I have some questions regarding this text.
What religion had John the baptist? Was he a regular jew? And why does he talk about the kingdom of heaven, wasn't that Jesus' preachings ? Is it from the Old Testament ?

Thanks
Yes John was a Jew just as Jesus was.

Yes both John and Jesus preached the Kingdom of Heaven to the Jews.

Yes it is from the Old Testament and that period of time is the same. There is no new testament until after Jesus death.
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