Matthew 23:37 “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!
38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;
39 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!’”
After having cried out a rebuke to the Pharisees that has taken up most of Chapter 23, He ends with this condemnation.
“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!” (Vs 37)
They were given the opportunity time and time again, to accept Messiah but each and every time they turned away, and would not listen. And now He is pronouncing judgment on them and creating a line of departure between them and their priesthood.
He says, “See! Your house is left to you desolate; “ (Vs 38)
Indeed, it is desolate, they no longer have the authority, no longer is there a temple, and no longer do they function as one, but are fraught with conflict, and contradiction. Some have come to Christ, and some never will.
While most Jews claim that Messiah has never come, it will be interesting to see what will take place when He does arrive and validates His judgment? Will he hear their apologies? I doubt it!
“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!’” (Vs 39)
They had missed the opportunity to say such when He was in their midst. Because of pride, jealousy, and obvious unbelief. As have many of us done they same, we have the Word of God to guide us, so that we will know who He is when He comes, yet many of us will miss His arrival simply because we don’t know Him.
And how will we greet Him when He comes? What will be our attitude toward Him? Will we take His Word when He asks, why haven’t you kept My Commandments, or taught my commandments to others?
This judgment will not only fall on those who have rejected Him, but it will come to those who call on His Holy name as well, but have rejected His Law.
Here again He has warned us, but we have rejected His Word, and those whom He has sent to warn us, simply because our doctrine does not allow for His Word, the truth to take precedence.
Remember what He said, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:22, 23)
So judgment will not only come to those who have denied Christ the Messiah, but will also come to rest on those who have not loved Him enough to obey Him.
If you love Me, keep my Commandments, (John 14:15)
So, while He judges the Pharisees, He will also judge modern day Pharisees who have taught other to disobey the word of God.
So, I say, Come Yahshua, Come!
Shalom my friends,