Monday, December 9, 2013
The Israelites Would Not Believe the Ancient Prophets
Today I read Ezekiel 14 and I find it sad and a little amusing that the Lord tells Ezekiel to tell the Israelites that even if they were preached to by Noah, Daniel or Job they would not repent. This reminds me a lot of the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man asks Abraham if he can go back and warn his brothers about the awful fate that awaits them if they don't change. Abraham replies back that they have all the prophets writings. If they won't believe the prophets and change for them, then a visit from the rich man, even from the grave, would not change them. Likewise the Lord tells Ezekiel that even a visit from revered prophets of old would not be enough to change their behaviors. That is really a sad commentary on the state of the Israelites, but would that be any different from today? If Jesus Himself appeared in Time Square, New York performing miracles, how many people would actually acknowledge Him as the Savior? How many would declare it to be phony and a trick? Almost everyone I suspect. Although the prophecies of the Second Coming do state that everyone will know Him and will recognize Him for who He is, so maybe I am doing the people a disservice. Somehow I doubt it though. We have become a very cynical people, slow to believe anything, even when witnessed with out own eyes. Until tomorrow.