I don’t think they would have let him in the Temple; not dressed the way he was. Not only that, the message he was delivering, would not have suited their set list of rules, or laws. It would have been offensive to them; especially, when he told them to repent.
It seems obvious that he had to operate outside the usual religious kind of structure; in order to speak the things he had been ordained to speak. It did not likely matter to the church leaders, that this ministry, had even been prophesied, years and years ago, in their very own sacred and holy texts.
The prophet Joel, prophesied about some things that were going to come to past, in the last days. We liked to claim the part about God and the pouring out, His Spirit was going to do, and did do. We were also happy to know that the promise, was to all of us; for as long as God kept calling. But there was more to that word; it’s the part that we didn’t hear very many talking or preaching about. Oh, we read the verses, but we actually did not encourage the people to do all of it. I can say, that in the beginning of the church in this country, we did have those who wanted, all of the promises.
Our daughters were supposed to be prophesying; some did at first. But it did not take long for that part of the promise, to fade quickly away. We had a limited recognized few over the years; but, nothing like a real outpouring was supposed to represent. Just like our young men, were supposed to see visions. How many of these young folk, have been allowed to get up and tell the congregation about the visions the Spirit has shown to them? If the New Testament church was in full operation, we wouldn’t need man’s entertainment.
A lot of tears have been shed; some of us have been in our own kind of wilderness; driven there, by a plan, we didn’t even know about. I feel led to say this now. God did not call people, to sit somewhere, never being used; waiting on some man’s approval, which will likely never come. The Spirit, did not spend all those years teaching and training men and women, that had been chosen and ordained before men’s timing, for them to remain in a place where they are unused, and unwanted. Men of old, walked in their deserts, in mountains, in dens and caves of the earth; yet, God used them.
Mighty men of God, like David, Samuel, and all the prophets, knew what it was to be destitute, afflicted and tormented. The book of Hebrews, says that, out of weakness, they were made strong. The wilderness, was not an easy place for Jesus Christ; he was tempted on all sides; but His message came through anyway. If we had known we would end up in a wilderness, we might not have chosen to go.
The cave, can be a lonely place; it can also be a safe place. The Spirit, never let us be led to any place, He could not bring us out of. And He still yet works, from any location, He chooses.