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Matthew 3:1-12 Names of God Bible (NOG)

John Prepares the Way

Later, John the Baptizer appeared in the desert of Judea. His message was, “Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near.” Isaiah the prophet spoke about this man when he said,

“A voice cries out in the desert:
    ‘Prepare the way for the Lord!
        Make his paths straight!’”

John wore clothes made from camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey.

Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole Jordan Valley went to him. As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized, he said to them, “You poisonous snakes! Who showed you how to flee from God’s coming anger? Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. Don’t think you can say, ‘Abraham is our ancestor.’ I can guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones. 10 The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire. 11 I baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing[a] shovel is in his hand, and he will clean up his threshing floor.[b] He will gather his wheat into a barn, but he will burn the husks in a fire that can never be put out.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 3:12 Winnowing is the process of separating husks from grain.
  2. Matthew 3:12 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
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Mark 1:1-8 Names of God Bible (NOG)

John Prepares the Way

This is the beginning of the Good News about Yeshua Christ, the Son of God.

The prophet Isaiah wrote,

“I am sending my messenger ahead of you
    to prepare the way for you.”
“A voice cries out in the desert:
    ‘Prepare the way for the Lord!
    Make his paths straight!’”

John the Baptizer was in the desert telling people about a baptism of repentance[a] for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went to him. As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

John was dressed in clothes made from camel’s hair. He wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

He announced, “The one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandal straps. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 1:4 “Repentance” is turning to God with a complete change in the way a person thinks and acts.
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Luke 3:1-18 Names of God Bible (NOG)

John Prepares the Way

It was the fifteenth year in the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Herod ruled Galilee, and his brother Philip ruled Iturea and Trachonitis. Lysanias was the ruler of Abilene. It was at the time when Annas and Caiaphas were chief priests that God spoke to John, son of Zechariah, in the desert. John traveled throughout the region around the Jordan River. He told people about a baptism of repentance[a] for the forgiveness of sins. As the prophet Isaiah wrote in his book,

“A voice cries out in the desert:
    ‘Prepare the way for the Lord!
    Make his paths straight!
        Every valley will be filled.
        Every mountain and hill will be leveled.
            The crooked ways will be made straight.
            The rough roads will be made smooth.
All people will see the salvation that God gives.’”

Crowds of people were coming to be baptized by John. He would say to them, “You poisonous snakes! Who showed you how to flee from God’s coming anger? Do those things that prove that you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. Don’t say, ‘Abraham is our ancestor.’ I guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones. The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire.”

10 The crowds asked him, “What should we do?”

11 He answered them, “Whoever has two shirts should share with the person who doesn’t have any. Whoever has food should share it too.”

12 Some tax collectors came to be baptized. They asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13 He told them, “Don’t collect more money than you are ordered to collect.”

14 Some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He told them, “Be satisfied with your pay, and never use threats or blackmail to get money from anyone.”

15 People’s hopes were rising as they all wondered whether John was the Messiah. 16 John replied to all of them, “I baptize you with water. But the one who is more powerful than I is coming. I am not worthy to untie his sandal straps. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing[b] shovel is in his hand to clean up his threshing floor.[c] He will gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn the husks in a fire that can never be put out.”

18 With many other encouraging words, he told the Good News to the people.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 3:3 Repentance is turning to God with a complete change in the way a person thinks and acts.
  2. Luke 3:17 Winnowing is the process of separating husks from grain.
  3. Luke 3:17 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
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The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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