Victims of Ignorance
The Torah Portion for this week focuses specifically on Moses' song to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 32). The great prophet emphasizes how the Father led, cared for and kept them throughout their time in the wilderness. Yet despite of this great love and compassion, Israel "lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation" (verse 15). He was unmindful and forgetful of who gave him birth (verse 18).
"For they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is not faithfulness" (verse 20).
It's hard to serve someone you don't know. We have lightly esteemed the Rock of our salvation. Our passive self-reflection and half-hearted devotion often give birth to lackluster obedience and greasy-grace doctrines. As victims of ignorance we become unaware of the greatness and mercy of the God we refuse to wholeheartedly obey. We have viewed the Word of God as cheap and replaceable and have become offended to the light of truth. We refuse to rest in the Words of Life, and we run speedily from Salvation.
"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent..."Acts 17:30 NKJV
It is time to stop being victims of ignorance. The Father desires repentance and His Son shows us how. The Father expects obedience and His Son is the Great Teacher and Prophet to lead us along with way. We must be mindful of who we serve and why we serve. What keeps us from total surrender? What keeps us cleaving to false beliefs about God? The gift of repentance is evidence that we can change; we don't have to stay the same. Come to the Source of Light....there is peace, love and hope here. Be mindful and willing. He is mighty.
"...having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart" Ephesians 4:18