October 15, 2017

Because You Did Not Know

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

Because You Did Not Know

By Don R. Patton

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’” (Luke 19:41-44)

Jesus approached Jerusalem, demonstrating evidence the He was the promised Messiah, dramatically fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah (9:9), riding into the city (not on a prancing charger) but on a donkey’s colt, (Luke 19:29-38). Matthew makes the significance unmistakable.

“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, ‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.’” (Matthew 21:4-5).

But they did not know. They refused this and all the abundant evidence regarding their Messiah, and instead prepared to crucify Him. How sad. Jesus wept over the city, for He knew it would soon be destroyed, but Jerusalem “did not know…”

The history of God’s people can be written following this theme.

It described the ungodly in the days of Noah who lived confidently “until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away…” (Matthew 24:38-39 NKJV)

Hosea says of the nation of Israel, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge,…” (Hosea 4:6). “Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it;(Hosea 7:9).

Consider the similar description of the church at Laodicea which received, perhaps, the Lord’s most scathing rebuke.

“‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,’” (Revelation 3:16-17).

In spite of the tragic consequences of ignorance, demonstrated over and over and over again in the history of God’s people, many still seek refuge in their lack of knowledge. How often we hear attitudes similar to the foolish excuse, “God wouldn’t punish me if I didn’t know better.” This delusion obviously puts a premium on ignorance. Hold on to it, because if you learn the truth you will have lost your excuse. Studying God’s word becomes terribly dangerous with eternal consequences.

How different is the attitude of Jesus who admonished…

“…you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32).

Likewise , the Apostle Paul warned…

“…the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them…” (Ephesians 4:18). “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17).

 

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