Monday, July 21, 2008

John the Baptist's Clothes and Diet

In verse 6, Mark describes John's clothing:

and standard diet:
Why does this matter?  Was the point that readers would know John the Baptist because he looked so odd and acted so differently?  Or is there something deeper and theological about this description?
Jesus and his ministry is superior in quality to John's.  John himself points out that his purpose is to emphasize peoples' sins and need for Jesus.
So why didn't Jesus appear in a way that was more odd?  He seems to have fit right into societal norms, so that the religious leaders even questioned his spiritual health.

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