Wisdom is justified by all her children.
“To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”
It is difficult for people steeped in fleshly traditions to accept a prophet because it goes against our flesh to embrace change. In America, the prophetic voice of Martin Luther King Jr. was met with much opposition and violence. Because of a deep seeded prejudice many disparaged his message and did not recognize that God was visiting our nation when he spoke. But his message was a wise one and has been justified over the years.
Such was the reactions of the religious leaders to John the Baptist and Jesus. Their messages challenged the elders' traditions and the rulers called them names. Jesus and John did not play by the elders' rules and the elders did everything to discourage people from heeding the teachings offered by these prophetic figures. Yet, when we look back, we see wisdom steeped in not only the message they taught but in the children they spawned.
Help me to accept the prophetic voices that you send into my life Lord.