ESV - 4 Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
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Rough garments were the garb of prophets. John the Baptist was a poor, rugged, holy man.
John the Baptist was fulfilling prophecy: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD." Malachi 4:5 "... "A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist."... "It is Elijah the Tishbite." " 2 kings 1:8 "And if you are willing to receive it, he (John the Baptist*) is Elijah who is to come." Matthew 11:14 Jewish believers would have recognized John as being Elijah just by his clothes. Nowhere else in the Bible is anyone dressed like this. *Parentheses was added for clarification.
Yes David, I am no theology scholar, but the Lord has His believers seeking after Him, and from studying this one I wondered too and sensed from the Spirit the clothing represent one seperate from the rest of the world, John represents Christ and not the world.
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