Often would I have gathered your children together

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

I think that this is an odd thing for a person to say - odd unless you are God incarnate. In likening himself to a mother hen and Jews as her children Jesus speaks of his pre-human existence. His lament over Jerusalem gives us a peak into his heart of compassion towards Israel. So often when we read the Old Testament and miss that aspect of God. Too often we fail to read between those lines and see a Heavenly Father inviting us to come to him.

Such is the divine attitude that prevails yet today. The invitation is open for everyone to bow in humility. God longs to gather us under his wings. He longs to bless us. But, as in the case of Israel, our pride rises up and we often refuse to bow. And Jesus speaks to those who reject him saying that a day will come when the Lamb of God returns as a Lion. The scripture speaks of that day when every knee will bow and everyone confess Jesus is Lord.

I repent of my stubborn pride Lord. Please forgive me and help me to bow.

1 comment:

  1. I love the picture of the hen gathering her little ones, and how God desires to pull me under his protective wings, and does so often.

    I want so badly to gather my grandchildren under my wings of influence, and live the life in front of them.

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