Did you know that John the Baptist was just a country boy? What the Bible calls the wilderness, was just the outlying area with small towns dotted throughout. He was preaching to the country folks! He didn’t come dressed in the fancy garb like the scribes of the day, no, he dressed normal. I wouldn’t call camel hair and a leather belt normal for today, unless you’re a cowboy! They like exotic skins for their coat and boots! I found it interesting that John was a priest, a descendent of Aaron which should normally be in the temple, but was in the country. Jesus, on the other hand, wasn’t a descendent of Aaron, was often found teaching in the temple. It was as if this was symbolic of what was to come. The lineage of the priest was taken out of the temple and sent to the wilderness and replaced with a new monarchy, that of King Jesus! The real country boy came to rule and reign! Just know the King we worship came as a common man, like us. He knows us and knows our struggles, you can trust Him.
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