What’s Going to Happen to Jerusalem?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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37-39 “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Murderer of prophets! Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news! How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me. And now you’re so desolate, nothing but a ghost town. What is there left to say? Only this: I’m out of here soon. The next time you see me you’ll say, ‘Oh, God has blessed him! He’s come, bringing God’s rule!'”

-Matthew 23:37-39 The Message

Grieving over Jerusalem

Verse 37: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

Verse 37 study: Jesus wanted to gather his people together like a kangaroo protects her children (joey) in her pouch, but no one let him. Jesus wants to protect us if we let him. We hurt but don’t know where to turn to in any situation; Jesus wants to save us if we let him. We reject Christ’s help because we don’t believe he can give us what we need. As our creator, he knows what we need. Anyone who turns to Jesus will find out that he helps and comforts like no other.

Jerusalem was the capital city of God’s chosen people, the ancestral home of David. Israel’s greatest king and the temple’s location, the earthly dwelling place of God. This is the center of worship of the true God and symbol of justice to ALL people. But Jerusalem had become blind to God and insensitive to human need. Here, we see the depth of Jesus’ feeling for the last people and his beloved city, which would soon be destroyed.

Verse 38: Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

Verse 39: For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!'”