“For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” (Jn. 9:39
From The High Standards of God for End-Times Christians
In the New Testament, replacing God’s ways with our ways is one of the underlying causes of the lethal differences between the Jewish religious rulers and Jesus, which culminated in the crucifixion of Jesus the Son of God. There is no basis for the extreme outcome of the crucifixion of Jesus the Lamb-of-God-sacrifice for the sins of man in the first century, if there are not deadly stubborn and hard-hearted hypocrites sitting in the seats of power as religious rulers in Jerusalem. The religious leaders of that day, and Jesus and His disciples, are in two totally different realities, two different character-building programs, two different spiritual “training camps” that are worlds apart. This difference is what fueled the tension that finally resulted in the crucifixion of Jesus.
The Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and lawyers did not submit themselves to the spiritual equivalent of the grueling two-a-day August workouts that typically lead up to the start of the high school football season, orchestrated by a demanding coach getting his team into top physical shape to be winners on the football field. The ministry of Jesus Christ exposed the fact that they had not gone through God’s spiritual training program. Otherwise, they would have recognized the voice of God their divine Coach during the Sermon on the Mount. They would have been conspicuous within the crowd, with heads nodding up and down in agreement with what Jesus was teaching, walking in amongst the audience patting people on the back and encouraging them to listen to what the Master was saying.
Instead, Luke 11:52 reads: “Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” The ministry of Jesus exposed the fact that they were outside of the uncompromising environment of faith that God sets up for the benefit of all. Jesus exposed the Pharisees and scribes as unskilled and untrained players, posing as qualified players in the starting line-up on the field, and they killed Him for this (Matthew 27:18).
When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to John the Baptist at the river Jordan, John said “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth, therefore, fruits befitting repentance” (Matthew 3:7-8). In other words, John the Baptist said “show that you are genuine athletes prepared for real play on the field, and not just pretenders and frauds wanting to wear the uniform during the game, and wanting to walk around campus wearing the varsity jacket during the week.”
The context of situations and circumstances in which God sets up faith and trust to operate, is not a matter to be taken lightly. God and Lucifer are in a constant spiritual battle over who controls the territory of the environment of situations and circumstances. The Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt, and the method of preparation for them to be able to conquer their promised land, is a straightforward biblical example of this concept. God took Israel out of the context of Egypt and into the Sinai desert. God changed the environment altogether. In the desert God had more exclusive access and control of outward situations and circumstances to craft lessons of trust and reliance upon Him. The external issues for the Israelites in the desert were narrowed down to the basics …food, water, and getting the memory of Egyptian idol worship out of their thinking.