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The Responses of God’s People

by on March 13, 2015

 

What happens when God faithfully sends His prophets?
What do God’s people do with the message of the prophets that God sends?
How do God’s people treat the prophets that God sends?

II Chronicles 24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.
18 Therefore they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served wooden images and idols; and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of their trespass.
19 Yet He sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the LORD; and they testified against them, but they would not listen.
20 Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He also has forsaken you.'”
21 So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.

From the Old Testament prophets to Stephen in the New Testament, those who tell the truth are considered the enemy. Loyalty to the current system is what is most important in religious systems. Whether it is Israel, Judah, Pharisees, or modern religious systems, loyalty to the agenda of the system is more important than commitment to the truth. Loyalty trumps integrity.

Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of them may be clean also.
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the righteous,
30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

34 Therefore, behold, I send prophets and wise men and scribes to you. And you will kill and crucify some of them. And some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city;
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!

• Jesus longed to bring truth to His beloved people but “they would not.”

• Martin Luther challenged the Catholic system of Popes and councils. He lived with the threat of death.

• Menno Simons became the enemy when he left the Catholic church system. Charles V placed a price on Menno’s head.

• Alexander Mack read church history and learned that the heretics were the real Church. Those whom the religious systems persecuted were the real Church.

It is no different today. Loyalty is the call. It is the wrong call. Integrity and truth are God’s call.

Jesus was a man of truth.
Jesus was and is The Truth. That is God.
If we are to please God, we must stand there also.

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