Matthew 3:4-6 ” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”

It tells us in Luke 1:17 that John the Baptist ministered in the spirit and power of Elijah…down to the same attire.  For the Prophet Elijah was recognized by what he wore – a garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist ( II Kings 1:8).  This garb in fact was so powerful that false prophets started copying his dress in order to deceive the people. (Zechariah 13:4)  Initially, the curious crowd might have been drawn by the wild-looking man, but when John shouted, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near!”  divine conviction fell upon them.

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