Text:“Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.” - Ezekiel 7:26.
Ezekiel the prophet here highlights a situation where the people are in a crisis and are looking for individuals and groups who are insightful and discerning enough to show them the way to peace and safety. To avoid social disorder, the people seek help from the religious leaders, in this case the prophet and the priest. But because they themselves are prophets and priests in name, they do not have the wisdom to know what advice to give. The situation is thus compounded and the people have to depend on rumours and hearsay as to what next to expect. (Compare Isaiah 56:10,11) It is a common occurrence for countries to remove one government either through the ballot box or by force only to find that their new leaders are worse than the previous ones.
It is therefore not surprising that an academic Prof. Justin Fox, in an article entitled “Do the Experts Know Anything?” spoke of “an epidemic of expert error”, in which he highlighted the failures of acclaimed experts in predicting the crises that have plagued the world and finding solutions to them, including the global financial crisis of 2008. Said St. Paul, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” - Proverbs 3:5, 6.