The Sublime Wilderness
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.
By the way, let’s just make a small point clearer, it really was Yochanan and not John, he really was a Hebrew.
That aside, what struck me was “just as John also taught his disciples”. Were they asking if Yeshua had a different way, method, approach? Did Jesus have a problem with John’s teaching?
Example, we have discussed this a few times, the best way to learn. I did not say that you are learning the right stuff, merely the way to learn, imitation.
Jesus was praying, and after he was finished praying the disciples around him ask the question that leads to a rather famous prayer. My personal belief is that this prayer, like imitative learning, starts simple and grows. This is a good place to start. I would be willing to wager that most of our prayers do not come close to this. We have decided to not only grow but morph (GMO). A dangerous path for sure…
Yet, I did NOT see Jesus correcting John, inferring that another method was better, that the way had changed. Maybe those disciples, those men who chose to follow Yeshua and let His dust fall on their feet, wanted to make sure, did herald really proclaim correctly? Did prophet meet the Deut 13 test? Just a thought that came to mind…