Verse: “As for you, son of man, prepare for yourself an exile’s baggage, and go into exile by day in their sight. You shall go like an exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.”
Insight: The prophet, throughout the Scriptures, is many times called upon by God to exhibit to the people a type of “illustrated sermon”, using his very own body as a type of “show-and-tell”, in the hope that, “... perhaps they will understand...”, and thus avoid the consequences of their rebellion. Today, all around us, God, in His love, gives prophetic “picture stories”, thru the lives of others; some of those are good, some are bad, but all of them, lessons, nonetheless. It is a wise person who looks and learns. It is silly to see the horrible consequences of foolish actions, and then to repeat them, like a dumb ox that stumbles to the slaughter! The “prophet” is speaking, and we must listen! It is wise to look at the lives of wise people, and to be instructed by their example. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith”, then, “... perhaps (we) will understand ...”
Prayer: Father, it is one thing for me to repeat my mistakes; its altogether another thing for me to repeat the mistakes of others! Please help me to be wise by looking at the prophetic picture stories that you have placed around me, so that I may be, “... wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” (Romans 16:19) Thank you, Lord.