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..................................................................THESE ARE MY NOTES......................................................................................................

      Jesus spoke of the Baptist often during his first coming. On one occasion he said none of the Prophets were greater than John.

      Those who have read the Bible will remember John leaped in the womb of his Mother for joy when Mary came in to visit her pregnant Aunt. (Saint Luke 1:44) John the Baptist was no ordinary babe in the womb.

      We are told in holy Scripture men are often unaware they are visited by angels.

      Moses, David, and Saint Paul appeared like angels at times to men. They were thought of as men in their generations, but they did things expected of angels. The Prophets and Apostles were like angels to those who saw them, but there is not space enough in the Bible to write down everything about everyone who walked in the supernatural power of God.

      The fascinating thing about John the Baptist was his total freedom from the economy of men. He wore camel skins for clothing good for a lifetime. He had no animals for transportation, no house to repair, no human food to gather from the fields, no worldly employment, and no need of money. He had zero worldly entanglements to distract his focus on God.


      John the Baptist was a Prophet who could not be bought. The perfect will of God was his only concern in this world. He appears to have been an angel born into the flesh of a man like Jesus whom we know to be "the angel of the Lord" in various episodes of the Old Testament.

      John the Baptist is an example of a wayfaring man. Isaiah 35:8

      He followed the Spirit all day or night with no earthly concern about where he was led. When he needed sleep, he would find a place to lay his head and begin the next day where he left off.

      There is some controversy over what is meant by his eating locusts and honey. Trust the translators of the King James 1611 Bible. They were inspired by God. John eat locusts. And the freedom he gained by doing so justified it.

      There is much to learn from the life of John the baptist.

      How he stood up to wicked King Herod for commiting adultery with his brother's wife when an ordinary man would not have dared stir up the wrath of such a wicked king. The Baptist literally dared the king to martyr him. He like the Stephen the Martyr showed generations to come how martyrdom is the highest calling. Salome was a Judaean princess (1st Century AD), grand-daughter of Herod the Great and daughter of Herodias by her first husband, Herod Philip, the brother of her second husband, Herod Antipas. She is identified (by the historian Josephus) as the unnamed girl who danced before Herod Antipas and, at her mother's instigation, demanded the head of John the Baptist, who had inveighed against the marriage. Learn more about Franz von Stuck