Thursday, September 09, 2010

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Luke 13:34 KJV
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem..."

Our Lord frequently exhibited various emotions during His earthly walk.
• He wept
• He groaned
• He cast out the money changers

It is easy to see here His heartbreak for the city and people of Jerusalem. This place has long been the center of the Worship of the true and living God, but it was not that God needed this place, but that men needed the God who set Himself to be worshiped there.

God seeks in love to gather souls, yet they would not. Like my quail chicks who instinctively fear me from the moment they hatch, man flees God. The sin instinct is to flee from Him rather than to flee to him.

The purpose of true religion is to resist that sin instinct and to flee to Him when all the world tells us to do otherwise.

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