Originally published on 10/6/2019
A Fictional Narrative
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation …..” Hebrews 2:3
There once was an extremely successful company owned by a wonderful family. The father oversaw everything at the company. His son was the creative force of the company and was sent out on special projects by the father, and a third member of the family had the responsibility of putting all their plans into practice. They worked as a unit to successfully accomplish all the objectives of the company.
In time, the company issued a directive stating that it would open a new facility in another country. The chosen country was poor by most standards, but the company felt that their way of doing business would work well there and that they would be providing a way for those in this country to come out of the poverty that was so prevalent there.
The operation was opened and the workers were given all the tools needed for success. The satellite operation prospered for a period of time. However, the workers became lifted up in their pride and began ignoring the directives from the home office.
The father sent several of his top executives at different times to try and gain the cooperation of the workers. They not only did not listen to those sent to them, but they mistreated them. The operation began to do very poorly as a result of the workers not following the well-proven directives of the home office.
The father thought that if he sent his son, surely they would listen to him. However, they did not listen to the son. In fact, they treated him poorly as well. The father ended up closing down the company due to their not listening to the company’s directives and mistreating those he sent, especially his son. The result was devastating for those that worked for the company. In their pride, they had brought trouble upon themselves and their families. What might have been a blessing to their country and the workers ended with many of them being scattered to other countries and unable to take care of themselves and their families.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6)
The story of the company is similar to Israel’s history up to the current day. They were chosen by God as the only nation on earth at that time to serve the God of the Heavens. They were entrusted with His Word. They became lifted up and rebellious and started serving the gods (idols) of the nations around them. He sent His prophets to show them the right way. They rejected the prophets He sent because they had lost their way and had ceased following the Heavenly directives. God sent His Son and they rejected Him and saw to it that He was nailed to a cross. In AD 70, the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. Many of the Jews were killed. They had rejected God, His Son, and His way, and lost their place in the land. Because of this they were scattered throughout the world and have suffered greatly over the last almost two thousand years. The Lord has not forgotten His people, and all Israel will be saved when Jesus returns in the last days at the end of the Great Tribulation, but it cost the nation dearly due to their rejection of God and His ways all these many years.
” And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer (Jesus Christ), and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel).” (Romans 11:26)
We have a similar decision before us today. The Father has given us His Word that we might be blessed in this life. The Son has come and paid the price that we might be partakers of the divine nature. The Holy Spirit has come that He might live in us; changing us by His mighty power. We have been offered much. How will we respond? Will we follow the heavenly directives? Will we acknowledge the price the Son paid that we might have newness of life? Will we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and be changed?
We have a choice today. Just as the employees of our company in the story had. They chose poorly. They thought they knew better than the benefactor that tried to lift them out of their poverty and bring blessing into their lives. We have been offered blessings today. We need only to accept what has been offered. The day will come when God will bring judgment on this world. Today, we can make the decision to accept His way and come into the safety of His protection. The Lord is patient and does not want anyone to perish. However, there is coming a day when God will judge the inhabitants of the earth. Acts 17:31 says this of that day: ” For He (God the Father) has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man (Jesus Christ) He has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him (Jesus) from the dead (by the power the Holy Spirit).” The Heavenly directives are clear. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have spoken.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
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