3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:3
“Make his path straight”? I can easily understand how John was called to proclaim his coming. It may have been peculiar to the Jewish people to see a man baptizing Jewish people seeing that it was not their custom. His message of repentance must have been out of step with the teaching of the day. However, what seemed so odd to me was the idea that John would “make his path straight”.
I find that this is a paraphrased quote from Isaiah 40:3 that reads “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”. After reading several commentaries I find how crooked the ways had been set before John. The messengers sent before the eastern kings prepared the way for the chariots and armies of their monarchs. A “king’s highway” had to be carried through the open land of the wilderness, valleys filled up, and hills leveled.
People needed to hear the message of repentance. They needed to “unlearn” the lies of traditions and then learn the truth of the Gospel. As it has been said so many ways they needed to hear the “bad news” before the “good news” would be understood as good.
I am challenged to not only teach but to “unteach”. In America our largest population of unsaved religious people would be self proclaimed Christians. They are relaying on their good works. I pray that God will not only help me be a good teacher of the Gospel but also a good “unteacher” of the lies of the devil. May we make His path straight!