How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?
Funny how life just rocks along! Change is all around us, but it is usually too gradual to notice. Until one day we wake up and everything is radically different.
We should have seen it coming.
One day the city of Jerusalem fell to the Roman army. Why didn’t people see it coming and abandon the city? They should have discerned the signs.
One day barbarians sacked Rome. The citizens should have seen it coming. Yet, the city was full of people the day it happened.
One day God came to earth in the Person of Jesus Christ.
One day He faced the death on a cross. Only Jesus seems to see it coming - I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
Here the Teacher says people are good at seeing what is going to happen with the weather - You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.
But the average person doesn’t seem to have a clue about the real important, life-changing signs of the time!
So, why do people ignore the signs of the inevitable and continue to hope for an unrealistic last minute alternative outcome? Perhaps in the end people are just reluctant to make the difficult changes necessary to avert the coming disaster.
The Teacher suggests an alternative upon which to base a more prudent course of action. It applies today as never before.
Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?