October 26, 2011
John 1:19-25 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? (20) And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. (21) And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. (22) Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? (23) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. (24) And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. (25) And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

The Pharisees had a system set up where they used the Old Testament to control the people. There were many laws which God had given the people. However, the Pharisees had added many more rules to the Law. The law grew to the point where it made life very difficult for the people. Now, these Pharisees were hearing about John the Baptist and how he was baptizing people. This was not the custom and the Pharisees were getting a little nervous about it. So, they sent some people out to investigate things.