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Saturday/Sunday: September 10, 2019

Tragic Ignorance

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.” (Matthew 23:37-38)

There is nothing more tragic than thinking you’re walking in a manner pleasing to God, but for the opposite to be the case. The Bible is full of examples of such ignorance. Today’s passage is the most tragic case of all because the ignorance of the Jewish leaders to the fact Jesus was their long-awaited Messiah resulted in eternal condemnation. Such ignorance is alive and well today. Romans say God’s creation testifies against men who deny God’s existence since “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them… so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1: 19-20).

And in case those of us claiming to follow God think we are exempt from such ignorance, the Bible says such a fate can befall us. Judges tells us the mighty Sampson came to the place he “did not know the Lord had left him” (Judges 16:20). Balaam’s donkey had more sense than the prophet himself as the animal refused to pursue a path of death Balaam was determined to follow (Numbers 22:22). When God confronted His people’s sin in Malachi, their questions revealed their ignorance, “How have we robbed you?” and “How have we shown contempt for your name?” Jesus confronted the Laodicean church in Revelation, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

The solution? The first step, Jesus says, is to “Consider the height from which you have fallen,” and secondly to, “Repent and do the things you did before” (Revelation 2:5). 

Question: Could it be true of you that you have wandered from God’s paths and that you are ignorant of the fact?

Challenge: Consider… ask the Spirit of God to search you now and bring to light areas of your life you’ve become blind to.

Prayer: Search me O God and know my anxious thoughts…and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).

Rob Crose -- BC Staff

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