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In our series, we are talking about conversations and interactions Jesus had with others. Through these interactions, we are considering what we can learn about Jesus and God's wisdom for us today. We began last week with Simeon from (Lk. 2), where Simeon, looking at Jesus, said, "For my eyes have seen your salvation" (Lk. 2:30). Through Simeon, we see the faithfulness of God, the hope of Messiah Jesus, and the promise of God's kingdom. Continuing our journey, we visit the banks of the Jordan River (Jn. 1) and a strange man calling Israel to repentance.
Setting the Scene
The Jordan River is north of the Dead Sea and east of Jericho. This river, mentioned 180 times in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and 15 times in the New Testament, plays a significant role in the story of God's word. For example, in (Gen. 13) Lot looked over the plains of the Jordan, seeing that they were well watered and like the "garden of the Lord," the Jordan provides a boundary to the promised land. Indeed, God separated the waters of the Jordan as the people of Israel, led by Joshua, crossed into the land of promise on dry ground (Joshua 4). Furthermore, the Jordan is a place of newness and purification as we consider Naaman, who dipped seven times in the Jordan, as Elisha instructed, to be healed of leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-15). John the Baptist stands in the Jordan as he calls Israel out to repentance.
The crowds gathered on the banks of the Jordan are eager to hear the message of