In front of your nose
Acts 26: 7 “This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.”
Paul uses this ancient phrase, ‘the 12 tribes’ to signify:
They are a body, a united assembly under God.
They are longing to see what they hope for.
They are a worshipping congregation.
They are 24/7 servants of God.
They are an earnest, expectant and fervent group.
However, the message of Paul regarding this hope:
Did not fit with their timing.
Did not fit their pre conceived minds of this hope.
Did not fit their own experiences of this hope.
The end result is that they missed what they were looking for.
You can give your whole life to something, sacrifice much in order to attain it and yet completely miss what you are looking for when it comes along.
“But I tell you, Elijah (John the Baptist) has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Matthew 17:12
In 1946 George Orwell wrote an essay entitled, ”In Front of Your Nose.”
”… We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield… To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. “
The Jewish mob were fixed and unmovably so on one thought that Paul was a heretic and had to be stopped because of his message of Jesus. They refused the struggle.
Today whatever you know let it be tested by the struggle that you could be wrong. You may be missing what is right there, in front of you, but you are blinded to it. Be flexible in enough to be wrong, to have missed it, to have wasted your chance. You can make the change to be right.