Friday, December 29, 2006

Poltiticians and Pharisees (10) - Attacking the Prophets

The Pharisees and teachers are the descendents of those who killed the prophets. Jesus was a prophet, but even while he was speaking, they had resolved to kill him (Luke 11:53).

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! (Matt 23:29-32).
The prophets were killed by kings and politicians, who then attempted to rewrite history and make it seem that they were on the side of the good. The truth is very different.

We do not have many staunch prophets in our time. We lack men of courage to challenge the evils of the age. However, we can be certain of one thing. If prophetic voices do arise, they will be attacked by the politicians and powers. Nothing has changed.

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