Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” NKJV
Any Parent can testify of the extreme agony brought into their hearts when one of their beloved children is going down a path that will result in certain disaster. The love the Parent has for their child compels them to say or do anything within their power to convince the son or daughter to turn around and walk back to the way that will bring about safety. However, despite the constant and continual pleas from the Parent to the child to change, often those words are met with contempt or disregard and the child plunges head long in the way they would like to go and meet with tragic results. Matthew Chapter 23 is filled with a scathing tyrant our Lord unleashed upon the religious leaders of the Jews the Scribes and Pharisees condemning their hypocritical, self-righteous, greedy, self-indulgent, extortive, unclean, sinful, and lawless hearts while they were always wrapped up in their long flowing religious robes appearing to be such holy men to the common Jews.
Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient And rebelled against You, Cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets, who testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations. NKJV
In stark contrast to the 8 blesses He spoke of to the multitudes and His disciples as He went upon a mountain and taught them, our Lord pronounces 8 woe’s to these religious leaders of the Jewish people. Our Lord was righteously angry at how they had turned the Law that He gave Moses into such hard rules and rituals that only served to keep people who desired a real relationship and communion with YAHWEH away from knowing and experiencing Him. Our Lord took them to the woodshed and opened their hearts up and showed them who they really were not so as just to hurt them, but that they would see their need for Him and turn to Him.
Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? NKJV
Many of His parables He spoke earlier in their presence also was so they would see the wickedness of their hearts. In the Old Testament, Joseph who was treated horribly by his brothers and sold into slavery by them, when they had to stand before him as he was now ruler in Egypt next to Pharaoh, Joseph treated his brothers roughly and after doing so would go into another room and weep profusely and then return to his brothers and treat them roughly again and go away and weep some more. Like Joseph our Lord did not leave Heaven and come to earth the first time to destroy men’s lives, but He came to save them. Our Lord saw that these people that He so loved did not want Him and had not understood what the Old Testament Prophets spoke concerning His first coming. All of this was said to them from the heart of their King who deeply loved them and saw what their rejection of Him would do to them as the Roman General Titus in A.D. 70 would destroy the city and the Jewish Temple. Like Jerusalem rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, many Gentiles today after His death on the cross, burial, and resurrection from the dead reject or resist His sacrifice for their sins and thousands die every day apart from Him and He weeps over their unwillingness to come to Him in repentance and faith.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. NKJV
John 5:40 And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life. QAB
“When we stray from His presence, He longs for you to come back. He weeps that you are missing out on His love, protection and provision. He throws His arms open, runs toward you, gathers you up, and welcomes you home.” Dr. Charles Stanley
“Love your fellowmen, and cry about them if you cannot bring them to Christ. If you cannot save them, you can weep over them. If you cannot give them a drop of cold water in @#!*% , you can give them your heart's tears while they are still in this body.” “The man who cannot weep cannot preach. At least, if he never feels tears within, even if they do not show themselves without, he can scarcely be the man to handle such themes as those which God has committed to his people's charge.” Charles Spurgeon
“Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.” Matthew Henry
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…