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NO!
JohnTheBaptistsurvivedontheediblefruitofthelocusttreeyearround.

MATTHEW,Chapter3,Verse4,"....andhisfoodwaslocustsandwildhoney."KJV
JohnTheBaptistdidNOTsurvivebyeatingadultlocusts,theflyinggrasshopperlikeinsect.
Whiletheconsumptionofinsectlocustswasnotcompletelyunheardof,itwasmostuncommonandhighly
unusual,relegatedtolastditchoptionsinstarksurvivalsituations.Hecertainlycouldhaveeatenthosebugs
intheirshortseason,occasionally,wheneverlocustlarvawouldpupate,matureintoadults,andthenemerge
abovegroundenmasse,eat,sometimesswarm,mate(afterwhichthemalesdie),andlayneweggcasesin
theground,afterwhichthefemalesalsodie.
ItisquitepossiblethateventssurroundingthereferencesinMatthewandMarkcoincidedwithatime(ashort
season)whengrasshopperlikelocustswereavailabletoJohninabundance.Yieldinghimabonanzaofhigh
proteinsustenance,formanyadultandlarvalinsectsareawonderfulsourceof"survivalchow".And,there
isalwaystheveryrealisticpossibilityofGod'sProvidenceintheprovisionofsustenance,andthepossibility
thatJohnTheBaptistwasnotoutinthewilderness,livingonlocustsandwildhoney,foralongperiodoftime
butjustforashortseason.
While,intheIsraelregion,therearealwayssomelocustsavailable,itisduringandshortlyaftertherainy
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seasonswhentheyareseeninanyabundance.Throughouttheyear,anyavailablelocustsarewellscattered
amongthefewlush,green,wellwateredareaswhereeithernaturaloragriculturalvegetationpredominates.
Themajorityofthelandsinthatregionaredry,rocky,barrenandvoidofvegetationandlocustsdonot
hangoutinthesandydeserts.Undernormalclimaticconditions,locustsaresolitarycreatures.But
occasionally,intimesofscarcevegetation,whethercausedbytoomanylocustsbyalackofrainorbya
combinationofthetwo,locustsbecomeagitated,beginflyingabout,thentheybegintouncustomarily
congregateinlargemasses.Thereleaseofchemicalprecursors,pheromones,inducesamassive
coordinatedhatchofadditionallocusts,whichfurtheragitatestheevergrowingmobofinsects.Andthey
begintoswarm,joiningtogetherwithanyothermobs,inducingeachtoalsoswarm.Andalthoughlocustscan
beagriculturallyproblematicwhenevertheirnumbersaregreat,theytrulybecomea"Plague"whenthey
swarmandproduceruinthroughoutentireregions.Aplagueoflocustswillcausefamineaftertheyhave
ravagedflourishingcrops,otherplantsandtreesthroughoutaregion.
Locustswarmsarenotevenadependableannualevent,andifJohnTheBaptistweresoobservantorso
luckyastodiscoveranareawherefemalelocustswere,enmasse,layingtheireggcasesintheground,he
couldharvestthespent,dying,adultfemalelocusts.Buthewouldhavetowaitmanymonthstodigupand
harvestanylocustlarvaorpupaeuntilaftertheyhadprogressedfromembryosintoanediblestageof
development.And,thatassumesheobservedanareawhereeggcaseswerebeinglaidandknewwhereto
laterdig,expendingmuchenergytocoverafewacres.
Insteadoffeastingoninsects,itismuchmorelikelyJohnTheBaptistsurvivedona"beanfeast"of
locustpodssincehewasoutinthewildernessforagreatlengthoftime.

SOMEREFERENCES
CAROB
Leguminousevergreentree(Ceratoniasiliqua)nativetotheEMediterraneanregionandcultivated
elsewhere.Itissometimesknownaslocust,orSt.John'sbread,inthebeliefthatthe"locusts"onwhichJohn
theBaptistfedwerecarobpods.Thetree,about50ft(15m)tall,bearscompound,glossyleaveswiththick
leaflets.Itsredflowersarefollowedbyflat,leatherypodsthatcontain515hardbrownseedsembeddedina
sweet,ediblepulpthattastessimilartochocolate.
Source:TheColumbiaEncyclopedia,SixthEdition.Copyright2002,ColumbiaUniversityPress.
LOCUST
1.AnyofnumerousgrasshoppersofthefamilyAcrididae,oftenmigratinginimmenseswarmsthat
devourvegetationandcrops.
2.Theseventeenyearlocust.
3.AnyofseveralNorthAmericandeciduoustreesofthegenusRobinia,especiallyR.pseudoacacia,
havingcompoundleaves,droopingclustersoffragrantwhiteflowers,anddurablehardwood.
3a.Anyofseveralsimilarorrelatedtreesbearingediblefruit,suchasthehoneylocustorthecarob,
oftheE.Med.area.
4.Theediblefruitorthewoodofoneofthesetrees.
[MiddleEnglish,fromOldFrenchlocuste,fromLatinlocusta.Sense3a,probablyfromtheresemblance
ofitsfruittoalocust.]:
Source:TheAmericanHeritageDictionaryoftheEnglishLanguage,FourthEditionCopyright2000,by
HoughtonMifflinCompany.PublishedbyHoughtonMifflinCompany.Allrightsreserved.
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