TEXT: Matthew 3:7-10
In his preaching to the Jewish religious leaders, John the Baptist assaults the assurance that they have regarding their own righteousness. The Jews in general, and these religious Jews in particular, had a superiority complex. They thought they were better than the Romans, better than all Gentiles, better than half-Jews like the Samaritans, and better than their fellow Jews who did not strictly follow the Law along with the traditions they had concocted. The elite religious class viewed themselves as the keepers of the Law and the true descendants of Abraham and Moses. John knew that they would try to use this in their defense, so he says, "Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father."