Nobody likes to be rebuked. To be told you’re wrong. But how do you respond when you are?
The Pharisees followed the long line of their ancestors throughout Israel’s history. Instead of listening and repenting when rebuked, they turned on those sent to them. They turned on Jesus, murdering him, and they turned on his disciples, all the while claiming that they would never have murdered the prophets that their ancestors murdered long before.
And so Jesus said,
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. (33-36)
Jesus then wept, saying,
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ (37-39)
And that’s what happened. Within a generation of the people that murdered Christ, Israel fell, their beloved temple demolished until this very day.
What happens we reject those God sends to us to rebuke us? Ultimately, our lives will fall apart. And we will be judged.
God takes no pleasure in this. He weeps over it. But there can be no life, there can be peace until we acknowledge him as Lord over all in our lives.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend. Proverbs 27:6 (NASB)
The truth can hurt. It can be painful to hear. But if we take them to heart, they can bring healing.
What do you do when you are rebuked?