Detectives for many years have caught the imagination. Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, have solved the seemingly unsolvable. Alas they dwell in fiction.
The real detectives in the police bring many perpetrators to justice. Yet how many escape “the long arm of the law.” They can tell you much about the perpetrator of the crime from the clues, how tall he is, the colour of his” hair, and other facts. Yet there are limits beyond which they cannot go. How many escape “the long arm of the law.”
We cannot know other people completely, we cannot see into another person’s heart.
Do we truly know ourselves?
It was said of Jesus,
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.”John2:24
Nothing escapes Him.
“But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” John8:16
God does not look for clues, nothing escapes His’ eye. He see’s you as you are not as you pretend to others. This knowledge should affect everything we do.
Let us seek to be inwardly as well as outwardly pleasing to our God and Saviour.
Anathoth’s favourite Son?
Anathoth was a place where many of the priests resided when not required for duty at the temple in Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah came from here. Such was the effect of his’ preaching and prophecy that he came to the notice of the religious and political leaders of the people. He had even sparked attention of the kings.
Such was the regard the people of his’ own town had for him, that several men from there vowed to kill him if he did not stop prophesying.
It would seem that a message of God’s sure judgement on the rebellious nation did not win him any friends.
We can understand if the non- believer dislikes the message of God’s approaching judgement. When those professing religion hate the message it is unbelievable.
Our Lord in His’ time received much the same treatment. Mark 6:4 “Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
The message of God’s final judgement on unbelieving sinners is still unpopular. So unpopular in fact that it has been dropped from the preaching of many “churches”.
They are so busy accentuating the positive that the negative is forgotten.
1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Judgement is coming, where are the warnings? The world needs to hear, but so does the professing church. There is much amiss in the church today we need to get in first and judge ourselves. Then we can face our Lord without shame.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.“John5: 24