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Isaiah 5:21

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

 

John 9:41 says, “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

 

The blind are not responsible for what they cannot see. However those who have sight and can see are held to a higher level of responsibility and accountability. This is a biblical principle that you also find throughout the law of man. That is why it is considered wrong for a superior to use their position, power and privileges to influence someone in a subordinate position to commit an illegal or immoral act, even if the subordinate is of sound mind and consenting of their own free will.

 

The more you see and understand, the greater your responsibility. That is why it is considered wrong for a teacher to become involved with a student or a pastor with a parishioner. Likewise the more power, privilege and possessions a person has the more responsibility they have to ensure those around them are treated correctly.

 

In the opening verses of Isaiah 5 the Bible talks about all that had been done to create a fruitful garden and instead of good fruit the garden brought forth wild grapes. To whom much is given, much is required, from Luke 1:48. Therefore, “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

 

There once was a leader who said, “I’m not concerned with quantity, I’m concerned with quality.” While quality certainly is important, what happened to the last command our Lord Jesus gave us just prior to ascending into heaven, namely, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28: 19-20.

 

What more can the Lord do for us? It is time we bring forth vineyard fruit.

 

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