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Missing the Obvious

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 35:1-Ezra 1:11

My selection: II Chronicles 36:15-16

15 The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy.

My reflections: As Judah went into decline, wickedness was coupled with political instability brought by the powerful forces of Egypt and Babylon. Yet God continued to send prophets to call His people to repentance. The nation, despite its troubles, could not see God’s compassion on them. They completely missed the obvious of what was happening to them and why God was continuing to give them His message. Instead they mocked His messengers, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets.

Then came the wrath of God against His people in greater fury than ever and they were destroyed. Many lives were lost. Survivors were taken captive. Jerusalem was in ruins, and the temple was brought down.

As my friend and former senior pastor, Fred Greco, says “Sin makes you stupid.” Indeed, those who rebel against God do not become wise but show a spiritual blindness that would be baffling if we did not know that it is Satan who blinds their eyes. “… In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” 2 Co. 4:4.

My challenge: Do not be deceived by our wicked enemy, Satan. Reject his lie. Pray that God may give you faith to see and receive the truth.

Tomorrow’s reading: Ezra 2:1-3:13

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