The French have a saying, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”
John 8:9 – And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
There can be no doubt that we are living in the greatest technological and information age ever known to man. Today there is more information about you on a magnetic chip in your credit card that was ever known about a person’s lifelong history prior to this age. The computer in your lap has more power than all the computers used on the first space shuttle. You have access to more information on your smart phone than exists in most public libraries, and likely even the Library of Congress. This IS the age of information. And it is technology that makes it possible. More delicate surgeries and medical procedures are possible today than ever before through technology. There was a time when measurements in use of tools for manufacture were thought to be extremely accurate because they measured to 1/1000th of an inch. Today, measurements exceed that to the point that 1/1000th of an inch might be considered quite large. This IS the age of technology. But despite all that radical improvement, mankind has still remained, basically, the same. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
When Jesus stooped down and wrote in the earth, men, “being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one.” Men still operate in the same manner today. This is not a prophecy of negative content. It is merely a statement of what the Scriptures declare in Ecclesiastes. Through the Old Testament, we see men of God making strong statements of truth that reveal men’s hearts, and we watch the numbers diminish. When Jesus mad strong statements of truth that openly revealed men’s hearts, the numbers diminished. It will still happen today. Sadly, most people we encounter have hearts darkened by deception and deceit. They speak and reveal only that which they truly desire you to know. But when the true content and intent of their hearts is revealed, it creates cause in them for sudden departure. The pressure of having one’s inner thoughts and hidden actions openly is, to most people, a frightening and very undesirable thing. What is so remarkable to me is the duplicity I see made so plain. People will attend church on Sunday, sing, praise, weep, and even tremble under the presence of the Lord, perhaps thinking they are hiding their inner thoughts and actions. Then in social media, they post pictures and statements that clearly reveal hidden agendas and motives. Such duplicity is sad. Still, when the man/woman of God releases stark truth, such folks will still leave; perhaps one-by-one, but they will still leave. Don’t be shocked. We are in a time for a great exodus from the church while we will surely see the church grow with new additions. Remember, Jesus is still coming for a glorious church, not one with hidden agendas and secret motivations.
Manna for Today – John 8:1-11; Ecclesiastes 1:9