On earth, only in the upper chamber of the mind of the small nation of Israel was found a certain measure of the knowledge of the one true God and yet even they had become greatly deceived and taken captive to do Satans lust in the spirit. They were a people found by Jesus that honored God with their lips but their hearts were elsewhere loving darkness and this present evil world more than light. Jesus told Israels elders in John 8:44, " you are of your father the devil and the lust of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and remained not in the truth. He is a liar and the father of it. Yes, Jesus said that to Israels elders, shepherds, overseers.
Israel who was supposed to be the salt and light of the world had become the blind led by the blind needing their own eyes re-opened. They were in no way any light nor any salt to the world, not even to themselves. Salt had lost is savor in the land of Israel. The sheep called the light of the world had become a people who sat in darkness themselves bound for the ditch if mercy did not intervene.
Every where Jesus went in Israel he was casting out one devil after another devil out of the people God had ordained to be His holy special peculiar people to be full of His peculiar treasures on the earth as found in (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), yet they loved God not nor did they want to diligently hearken unto His ways of the covenant statutes of great promises. They had a belief system layered in the Laws demands but there was very very little love of God or love for God in the land. They had an external form of their forefathers faith convictions and religion but they had lost the glory and the power thereof. Those clouds without water Israel itself had become.
True righteousness they hated and iniquity they treasured. Violence, lying, rape, fornication, adultery, stealing, stoning, gossip, deceit, the pointing of the finger, extreme fault finding, false fronts, political corruption, arrogance, pride, idolatry, witchcraft, the casting of lots, fathers having not their children's needs or best interest at heart were irresponsible and roaming free, and the do what you will spirit was in the heart and upon the thrones of Israel. A false balance was the accepted thing while men even made merchandise of the sacrifices that sanctified..
Then in the midst of those evil dark days suddenly was heard a voice of one crying in the wilderness saying REPENT, turn your hearts back to God, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Fathers, turn your hearts back unto your children, to their present and future needs. Go beyond yourselves and consider the generations to come and their needs in the spirit of good will. If you do not, then the trees of the field shall burn like chaff from the blast of God who is ready to bring all the world into His judgements for refusing His Sons love, light, counsel, and grace. As it was then, so it is today......deno.....please share freely.