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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.