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Did John the Baptist really eat locusts and wild honey? Wouldn't you have to eat a lot of locusts to survive?


Thank you for this interesting question and observation about John the Baptist. John is mentioned in the Bible in a number of places.

The scripture regarding his diet is found here:

Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4)

This is all we are told regarding John's interesting diet of locusts and wild honey. There are two kinds of locust, one that crawls and another that flies. The flying variety is regarded as a delicacy when fried but the crawling one was regarded as 'unclean' in Jewish dietary laws. Wild honey was also regarded as a delicacy, so the fact that John ate them in the wilderness indicates that God provided for him graciously, even though he was in a desert. 

The main message to take from John the Baptist is from what he preached:

And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mark 1:7-8)

He was talking about Jesus Christ who would give people the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to us when we ask Jesus to forgive us for our sin, through his death and resurrection. Instead of focusing on locusts, I want to encourage you to explore about why John came to tell people about Jesus and what Jesus means to you.

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