Summary: 2 of 2. John’s audience sought & received practical application in preparing for God’s visitation. How can we be practiced for God’s visitation? Practicing for God’s visit requires...
PRACTICING For GOD’s VISITATION-II—Luke 3:10-14
People who are Practiced(experienced) at their job. Had done this before & were thus prepared.
If God were to come in absolute power, I don’t know that I’m ready for His arrival. I am unprepared for His perfect judgment. I am fearful of His chastisement.
I feel like I’m in the wrong business.
I feel like the business I’m in is just not run/handled in a way that is satisfactory to God. I don’t feel that I am honoring God with my work.
God wants to visit you. His desire is that His work in you gives Him glory! That His power becomes manifest in& thru what you put your hand to.
John’s audience sought & received practical application in preparing for God’s visitation.
We need practical instruction in preparing for God’s visitation.
What are some practical aspects of adequate preparation for God’s visitation?
Previously we had discovered 2 requirements for practicing for God’s visit were...
1. A ‘PERSONAL’ INVENTORY(:10, 12, 14)
2. A ‘BALANCE’ INVENTORY(:11) Possessions
3— Practicing for God’s visit requires...
A ‘MOTIVATION’ INVENTORY(:12-13)
:12—“Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, & said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?””
Along with the multitudes who were concerned about their response to God’s desire, “tax-gatherers” also came to be baptized by John. They, as did the multitudes(:10), asked John what sort of fruit would be appropriate to their repentance. They wanted to know how to live rightly before God.
What regarding their particular status as “tax collectors” would need rethinking? Evidently they were well aware of the people’s disdain for tax collectors. This is answered in :13. And his answer speaks to any business owner!
These particular tax collectors seem to have truly regarded & respected John as “Teacher”(See Lk. 7:28-30). Thus they knew he possessed wisdom for their questions.
The local “tax collectors” were in a line of work which provided for their families & they saw that purpose as paramount—as do many today. However their consciences obviously bothered them, about their own business practices, or they would not have sought out John.
“The Roman system of collecting taxes, especially the teloi, in their provinces, included ordinarily three grades of officials. There was the highest, called in Latin publicanus, who paid a sum of money for the taxes of a certain province, & then exacted that & as much more as he could from the province. This man lived in Rome. Then there were the submagistri, who had charge each of a certain portion of territory, & who lived in the provinces. Then there were the portitores, the actual custom-house officers, who did the real work of collecting the taxes. The N.T. word telwnhv is used to describe one of the portitores; it is the lowest of these three grades. It does not correspond to the Latin publicanus, & the word publican used to translate it in A.V. & R.V. is apt to be misleading; tax-collector would be better.”....Arcitelwnhv, only occurring in Lk. 19:2:, evidently describes a higher official than telwnhv, & is probably one of the submagistri, the next higher grade.—Thayer