“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.’”
What is worse than a stiff neck? I mean really, when our neck is stiff our entire body suffers. Our field of vision is impacted. The flexibility of the neck is crucial to our vision and especially to our field of vision around us. The inflexibility of the neck locks one into a singular direction and impacts ones ability to turn around and go a different direction. And when the neck stiffens with one’s nose in the air, the results are disastrous.
Rebellion is naturally characterized by obstinate disobedience. The rebellious one has made their decision to reject truth and move in the way of their own selfish desires. Their face is set like flint on evil and their stiff neck prevents their ability to survey their surroundings and make a change. God grieves over stiff necked people and His anger burns in their regard because they have made their decision against Him and refuse to look back, regardless of what He has done on their behalf in the past. The stiff necked hellion has lost the ability to see themselves clearly. They are literally hell bent on rebellion and disobedience. They call evil good and good evil. Their end is in themselves and it is not good.
Our necks must remain flexible. Our field of vision must remain open. Our faces must remain focused on the truth of Father God. Our walk must be determined. Our hearts must be tender. Only the Holy Spirit can pull off a miracle such as this in the lives of sinful people such as ourselves. We must remain open to His leading and seek God’s direction in His Holy Word. What else is worth our time? What else preserves us and also protects us from our own deceitful heart and our tendency to grow stiff necked? I mean really, we are full of ourselves and only the indwelling Holy Spirit can continue to empty us of our pride and keep our necks flexible enough to turn our eyes to God.
Father God loves nimble necks, tender hearts and faithful feet.