Lesson 168 (Matthew Chapter 3) -
"This is My Beloved Son..."

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John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
John baptizes Jesus
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Lesson No. 168        "This is My Beloved Son....."

Book of Matthew Chapter 3                                       09/22/2013        

1) What did John the Baptist mean in verse  2 regarding the kingdom of God being at hand?

2) Isaiah made a prophesy about two men, what was it?  (Hint- verse 3)

3)  What was the deal with John- where he lived, what he wore, and what he ate?  (Hint- verse 4)

4) People were coming out of the cities, listening to the prophet, repenting , and being
baptized by water (verses 5, 6), but what of the Pharisees and Sadducees?  (Hint- verses 7 through 10).  What was their warning?

5) John talked of baptism by water and by fire; what did he mean?  (Hint- verse 11)  What is meant by the analogy of wheat in verse 12?

6) Why was Jesus submitting to water baptism by John?  Did Jesus need to repent and be forgiven of sin?  (Verse 13)

7) What did John say when Jesus asked John to baptize him?  (Verse 14)  Was John wrong?

8) What did Jesus say in response to John's resistance to baptize Jesus?  What did Jesus mean when He spoke of fulfilling all righteousness?  (Verse 15)

9) What happened after John baptized Jesus in the Jordon?  By the way, why the Jordon river?

10)  What did this all mean, the Spirit of God descending on Jesus like a dove, and lighting on
Him?  (Verse 16)

11)  What did the Father say to Jesus, John, and the crowd at the Jordon after Jesus was
baptized? (Verse 17)  Why did the Father say this and why was he pleased with Jesus?  
This is one of three times in scripture that the Father spoke to Jesus
as such.