Thursday, May 28, 2015
“And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers” (Acts 3:17 KJV).
How could Israel have been so blind in rejecting Jesus as Messiah, One who fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies?
Simple. It was willful ignorance (like the millions today who still reject Him). They do not want to know the truth. Ignorance is bliss—they are happy exactly where they are spiritually. You could share verses with them until you were hoarse, and you would get nowhere with them.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 explains how Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah: “ If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.”
When Israel’s religious leaders saw Jesus performing miracles, and all His followers worshipping Him (see verses 6-11), they used Moses (quoted above) to justify killing Jesus and His disciples. Jesus was seen as a fraud, a blasphemer. Their deluded, unbelieving hearts could not see that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law! One final note… interestingly, yet future, the Antichrist will use Deuteronomy 13:1-11 to justify his killing of believing Jews. If not handled properly, the Bible can be a dangerous book!
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Did Paul quote verses out of context in 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1?”