Mr 1:6

Mr 1:6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

Prophets of old were sometimes required to do strange things as part of their prophecy. hey would live out a sort of dinner theater for the people to wonder and talk about. John wore a costume that would remind people of Elijah that he was fulfilling prophecy. It was a part of his 'dinner theater'.

hairy and a leather belt

2Ki 1:8 And they answered him, [He was] an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It [is] Elijah the Tishbite.

four voices

Mark was also suggesting we think of the for voices of God: Judge, King, Priest and Prophet:

camel’s hair:
The authority (hair) of a judge (camel)
girdle of a skin
King's girdle אזור of righteousness (skin עור is a pun to lightאור ) The light אור surrounds the bride ז.
about his loins
as a gift מתן (Elijah was righteous as a gift)
locusts:
The increase/hidden/church ארבה. He ate the body of Christ. This is a symbol of the priest.
wild honey
As the prophet: The word דב of marriage ש. The prophecy of Christ as the bridegroom in the flesh.

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