When you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the Holy Place… (Matthew 24:15)
Plato said, “Human affairs are hardly worth considering in earnest, and yet we must be in earnest about them – a sad necessity constrains us.”
But to the prophets of Israel there is no matter too small in the plight of man. The prophets are as concerned with the poor widow in the hills of Judea who cannot feed her children as they are with the political corruption of kings. They cry out when a wealthy businessman treats a poor man unjustly or lacks compassion for the needy in his community, or when there is a lack of compassionate generosity.
Never before in history has man been taken so seriously as in the hearts and minds of the prophets. Man is not only made in the image of God, but he is also a companion, of constant concern to God. Whatever men do not only affects their own lives, but the life of God. Man is no mere creature...
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