Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
September 21, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<468> Thesis: Being "shaken" by our circumstances occurs when we are deceived by their appearances. Introduction: In Luke's record of Jesus' public response to John's public "failure", he addresses the "problem" of looking like a "reed shaken by the wind". There is a good reason for not giving the appearance of being such a reed, but there is also a reality to the need for being subjected to the battering of the wind. In this world there is always a tension between what "ought" to be and what "is" and whether what "is" will be transformed into what "ought" to be. Because John's behavior was "public", Jesus needed to address it "publicly". This morning we are going to spend a bit of time considering the whys and hows of God's dealings with John and with those who were witnesses of his life. Jesus insisted that the people do this: three times He quizzed them about what they "saw" when they went out into the wilderness to investigate the man. So, we will yield to Jesus' "insistence" and ask ourselves: what are we to learn about John by hearing his message and observing his behavior?