34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
How heartbroken Jesus must have been to see his beloved Holy City turn into something exactly opposite of its glorious intention? God longed for Jerusalem and Israel to rest under the shadow of His wings, but they were not willing. Instead, it had become a place notorious for killing and stoning the prophets God had sent to them! But God is so good. We know that He is patiently waiting for His people to come back. Oh, he’ll let Jerusalem learn a lesson or two that’s for sure, but God is still waiting for Israel’s return to Him. And when they do, His arms will be wide open (Joshua).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
- Do you feel there is an area in your life where even God’s open arms aren’t enough anymore?
- 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 revelation: ask God to show you something of His character, presence or beauty where you are now.