SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
“My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them, and they follow me.”
STIFFNECKED AND UNCIRCUMCISED
Obstinate and disobedient people are hindrances and enemies of the work of God and His people. They were already present in the time of the book of Genesis and they will be here until the time described in the book of Revelation. We must be prepared, like the Apostles, to face the stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears.
Resisting the Holy Ghost: These are the people who oppose the Holy Spirit. Can a person resist the power of the Spirit of God? Is not God all powerful? The stiffnecked and uncircumcised people are those who are unregenerated and still dead in their trespasses and sins. Being dead, they are not able to respond to spiritual stimuli. But you may ask, does God not have the power to give life? Yes, He has that power but He only gives the grace to those whom He has chosen before the foundation of this world. The stiffnecked and uncircumcised always resist for they have no power whatsoever to respond to God.
Persecuting the prophets: Since they are not of God, they are of the devil and they hate the people of God. They persecuted the children of God starting from the time of Cain until the future period of the Antichrist. Paul referred to them as those who “both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thess 2:15-16).
Rejecting the law: These people will depart from the law of God. They were found in Judaism during the time of the early Christian church and they can be found increasing in Christian churches as Paul warned in 2 Timothy 3:1: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
Do you continually resist the prompting of God for you to repent and believe? Have you remained doubtful and sceptical about the Bible?
THOUGHT: Am I a stiffnecked person?
PRAYER: Father, please give me a teachable heart to receive Thy words.