He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Not every preacher has found ministry/sermonising plain sailing.
Not every sermon that is preached is welcome.
At times the majority of the population are wrong – and can’t hear what they need to hear.
This is just a fact of life. The fact of a fallen world.
Smoking was once welcomed and embraced by the majority. The majority were wrong.
What does the preacher experience who is on the receiving end of his rejected message and person?
The Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father, have a long list of descriptions in the scriptures, regarding their character and personality.
We could list the names of Jehovah, each adding a nuance to our understanding of who and what He is.
Jehovah-nissi, (The Lord our banner), Jehovah-tsidkenu (The Lord our righteousness), and so on…
Jesus is the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star, the fairest of ten thousand, Emmanuel (God with us), Saviour, and so on…
But Jesus, The Son of God, was also an itinerant preacher.
So He is the first we can think of – whose message and person were rejected.
Yet also – the common people heard Him gladly.
He was received by some and rejected by others, and yet the calibre and spiritual immaturity of his needy followers was exposed when everyone ran away, forsaking Him, at the time of His wrongful arrest.
Paul the apostle is another example of a person and their message being rejected.
2 Timothy 4:14-16 (NKJV)
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.
16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.
Again some believed and received – others rejected Paul and his words – and we read the list of the hardships he endured because of the gospel, and it’s rejection.
There are modern examples of persons rejected along with their message.
Not every preacher gets pats on the back after delivering his sermon – in the every (Sun)day setting – of church.
Perfect oneness of mind is a marvel to me. I could probably count on one hand the number of experiences I have had – of being in total unity with fellow believers. I mean real unity.
Truly it was a blessing and very pleasant. (Psalm 133)
But it calls for oneness of mind and right attitude of heart.
When we don’t agree with the preacher and his message – do we reject it?
If it is a false doctrine we need to reject it, there’s no denying that.
But with what attitude, do we do the rejecting?
Is it possible we fail to realise our attitude is worse than the points we don’t agree with?