During the American Revolution, English leaders generally, and newspapers broadly, valued the military skills of American generals. When General Montgomery died before Quebec, Sir Guy Carlton had him buried with full military honors. English politicians early and often praised General Washington, his fame growing with the maturity of his army. Proving that, with merely human issues at stake, it’s possible for one’s enemies to value opposing leadership, even as a contest is waged.
Even the heathen learned that lesson. When the Arameans (Syrians) suffered defeat in their first war with Israel under David, they considered it a fluke. When they suffered an even worse defeat in the second battle, they learned it wasn’t, and learned a bitter lesson: “So the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore” II Samuel 10:19.
Which should mean something to our unsaved society. No one can defeat what God inspires to success. No one can resist his purpose in and plan for history. Unbelievers therefore should stop opposing God in Christ! Though they won’t, as Christ’s ministry proved. When Jesus cleansed the temple at the beginning of his ministry, the leadership barked its question, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” John 2:18.
Three and a half years later, in the Last Week of his ministry, the leadership barked the same question, “By what authority are you doing these things...and who gave you this authority?” Matthew 21:23. As Christ’s ministry proved, with spiritual truth the issue, Satan always and intentionally inspires his advocates to misjudge God’s leadership into continual objections and unbelief.
In other words, the Sanhedrin members would never be convinced by Christ’s powerful authority. For unbelief is never subject to proof! End Part I
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