There is a story in history (I believe from Josephus) that as Alexander the Great went through Judah he enlisted a Jew to serve as a guide. Coming upon a bird in the desert, he asked one of his seers to study the bird and give him a reading of whether his trip would be successful. The Jewish guide took an arrow and shot the bird. Alexander, of course astounded at the effrontery of this guide who would foil his intentions, demanded to know why he had shot the bird. The guide replied that had the bird been able to foretell Alexander’s future, the bird would certainly have been able to foretell its own future and would have either fled, or at least dodged his arrow. This Jewish guide gained the respect of Alexander.
God foretold to Noah the coming flood. God foretold to Abraham many years of the future of His descendants. Throughout Jewish history, the God of the Jews foretold the future. Among these future foretellings there was very much to say concerning the coming of the Messiah, our Christ, and of His life and mission, and of the future of mankind. No other religion on earth has had so much foretold regarding the coming of its leader or anything that has yet so much to have been proved to have been true. The God of Abraham is One. He is forever, eternally past, present, and future. He is One with His Son Who has been sent to redeem mankind as foretold long before He was born in Bethlehem, as was foretold. He is One with His Spirit who has been sent to remind His followers of all things that He taught.
As the Psalmist asks, “Why do the nations so furiously rage together?” Mankind continually turns to his own ideas, and who turns to his Creator? Even God’s chosen people will be held accountable for their wrongdoings, how much more so those who refuse to acknowledge Him.
Ezekiel 2:3 And He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Yisra’ĕl, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me, until this day. 4 And the children are stiff of face and hard of heart to whom I am sending you, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה.’ 5 And they – whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are a rebellious house – shall know that a prophet has been in their midst.
6 “And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or discouraged by their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7 And you shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.” (TS1998)
Ezekiel prophesied from Babylon after he was carried away into exile. He prophesied to those who had been left in Judah that they too would be progressively conquered and taken away. Yet the people refused to heed the words of Ezekiel or Jeremiah, who was also in Jerusalem prophesying the same thing as Ezekiel was in Babylon. God said of His Own chosen people that they were stiff-necked (Hebraic euphemism- ‘stiff of face’) and hard hearted. Are we today not also stiff-necked and hard hearted? Do we look to politicians, horoscopes, other religions to seek answers when we should be turning to the God of Abraham who created us and knows all.