Vs. 16-21 – He Invited, they Accepted. Christ called out and they followed. And today He calls out as well, but how do we respond? These men heard… Our ears should be attentive to the Lord. They then made a quick and wise decision… We should not wait when we hear our Lord, we should obey right away. And they left their family and livelihood… We should not let anything be an excuse to hold us back. Serving Christ is the greatest thing we could do with our lives. When he calls, May we hear and obey immediately.
Vs. 7 – Unworthy John the Baptist claimed that he was not worthy to loose the shoes of Jesus. Do you have to be pretty unworthy to not be important enough to untie or tie shoes. But that was John the Baptist opinion of who he was. He preached with power, he was not even frayed to tell Herod about his wickedness of stealing his brothers wife… So John the Baptist was not a wimp. Yet John the Baptist realized that compared to Jesus, he was unworthy. Luke 17:10 tells us that even when we do all we are supposed to, we are still nothing more than unproﬁtable servant’s. Which Christians did not and should not expect to be treated a certain way, we are nothing more than servants. We are “unproﬁtable”, we are “unworthy”.
Vs. 1-3 – No Better Title. John the Baptist was called my messenger, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a preparer.
A messenger is not an important person, is an individual that carries an important message. It’s all about the message. A voice is nothing more then the vehicle that carries the subject that needs to be said. It comes from the brain or the heart. The voice is just an instrument. A preparer is not the important person, we just prepares for what is to follow.
So how could how could we say John the Baptist has an important title if he did not hold the important position? He was a servant and he did his job well. That is exactly what we are. We do not need spotlight, we need to be instruments. It would do us good to realize that our title is important if we are serving the One that is important.
Jeremiah 40:4 I ﬁnd it very interesting that when Nebuchadnezzar comes in and destroys the city, his captain of the army kills, burns, destroys and takes people away… but he doesn’t touch the prophet Jeremiah. In fact he tells Jeremiah that he can go to Babylon or stay. How can a wicked and mean man kill everyone but have kindness towards one man? The answer is easy. God is in charge. God’s favor, protection, blessing and goodness is above any man’s strength. Jeremiah was taken care of because Jeremiah pleased the right person, God. We would be wise to understand that pleasing God will get us further than the best contacts we can have, trying to please man, having money, living in the right area and having the best education. God’s goodness is greater than anything in the world… so aim to please God more than anything in this world.
Jeremiah 37 Vs. 19 — “Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?”
The false prophets have been saying there wouldn’t be war, the people would be ﬁne… but where are they now. And we have people today say that we will never suffer, all will be perfect, etc., but when hard times come, their name will only be memories in the past.
Jeremiah 35 Vs. 14 (&16) — “The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.”
It is sad that we will do what a man says but not what God says… and this happens more than we want to admit. Later, the Lord blesses their faithfulness (that’s a great quality), but He still uses it as an example to others that it is amazing how we are faithful to a person but not to God. We can be faithful to a sport, show, friend, hobby, etc., but be very lazy or lax when it comes to being faithful to the Lord.