31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
Have you ever had unsolicited “advice” from people that you didn’t quite trust? Someone who had clearly made it known to you in earlier encounters that they did not like you, wanted you to be around or had ulterior agendas? And then sometime later, they came and tried to give you “friendly” advice? Jesus has a name for those people…Fox. Though Jesus is only addressing Herod as a fox in this passage, let it be known there were more than one in that den! The Pharisee’s came to Jesus as a “friend” to tell him of the possible (likely) scheme of Herod wanting to kill Jesus. They clearly had their own motives as well and as we know they too had blood on their hands. Jesus though, saw right through it. He had a mission and was set out to complete it. (Joshua).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for courage; pray for opportunities to be courageously generous, loving and gracious to those around you today.