You brood of vipers!

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:7-9

John was not one to sugar coat things. In fact, he was very in your face. Calling people a brood of vipers was not something that would endear many to you. The Jewish people had become complacent over the centuries. Many had adopted Greek and Roman ways and they had self-identified more with Abraham than God. Into this first century Jewish community cam John with a new message.

Even though He did not mince words John had a large following and even had his own disciples. Part of John’s allure was that the Jews were looking for their promised Messiah. They knew from the writings of Daniel that the time of the Messiah’s coming was now. So they came to the Judean wilderness to see if John was the long waited Messiah.

John was there with a message of repentance. He wanted to get the Jewish people ready for Messiah’s appearance. The Jews were looking for someone who would free them from the Roman yoke. They were looking for an earthly king. In that respect they would be disappointed. God was sending a King, just not the king they expected.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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