In the next section of Matthew 3:7 -12, Matthew is visited by the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Now the Pharisees were a group who hypocritically kept the law of Moses and the unwritten “tradition of the elders,” like our Republicans. The Sadducees were more politically correct and did not care about theology, like our Democrats.
I know I would be thrilled to see these two groups coming to see what I was doing. Saying this as I bite a hole in my cheek. Remember when the group of Republican candidates invaded the small towns of America? The same thing. They do not care about you until they need something from you.
Since John the Baptist is Jesus’ front man, he pretty much lays them out.
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath! Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
You go John!
Did you see any fruit production when the candidates came around? Or was the stench more rotten? So you see, not much has changed since Jesus’ day. Maybe the time, place, and technology, but the people are still the same.
John goes on to tell them that he will baptize them with water, but the one who comes after him, will baptize them with the Holy Spirit. Of course John is referring to Jesus. John does not baptize the Pharisees and Sadducees because they can not show any form of repentance or fruit.
John also goes on to tell them of Jesus’ second coming when he states…
“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Ouch, I do not want to be the chaff!
So, can you see it? People say the bible is antiquated and non-relevent to today’s world. To me, I see the exact opposite. The bible is a guidebook to life with God’s word never-changing or failing!
John talks about the fruit we each should be producing in our lives. The fertilizer to our roots is God’s words, Jesus is the living water to sustain us, and the Holy Spirit is our sunshine to help us grow.
We are not chaff, but children! We are not rotten, but fresh!
And that is how we should be living each day!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!