January 9, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Matthew 3-4
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Commentary: John the Baptist was the first prophet to appear in hundreds of years and, although blunt in his teachings, drew significant crowds to his teachings. Jesus would later echo many of John’s teachings. Jesus was without sin, but not without temptation (read more about the temptation of Jesus here. Jesus did not immediately begin His ministry, waiting about one year. Much of that time would have been spent in prayer, learning from His Father.
Focus Verses: 3:11-12 What is the symbolic meaning of baptism? How is baptism by water and baptism by fire similar? Different? What does each mean to you?