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1 The Word [ Davar] of Yahweh also came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man [Ben adam], thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house [bais hameri], which have eyes [eynayim] to see, and see not; they have ears [oznayim] to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house [bais meri ].
The concluding words of this sentence reveal the cause of Israel's afflictions. Israel's condition is now the condition of the whole of Christendom-spiritually deaf and blind. And rebellion is the root of it. Christendom rebels against the Words of God, and contemns the counsel of the Most High (Ps. cvii. 11). Unscriptural behaviour leads from the way of understanding.
Christ alluded frequently to this spiritual cause and effect. Listen-
"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Again, "If any man will do his (God's) will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
Let faithful brethren take care lest they infringe and fall. Let the unfaithful reflect and reform. What deplorable results has unchrist-like conduct produced! May we not confidently say, on the basis of the foregoing testimony, that our recent trouble [the partial inspiration division] (resulting in some cases in partial or complete repudiation of the truth) has been due to this?
The Christadelphian, Jan 1887.