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Crossing the Line, part 5
2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God, “does not want anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance.” That is the Will of God. But the will of man must submit to God’s Will before he can be saved. If God had his way, just like if parents could get their way with their children, He would have all the chicks gathered together under His wing. But as we all know, the will of man is hard to bend. They were not willing – that makes a direct reference to the fact that the will of man can be exercised against God’s Will.
A Desolate House
Look at why Jesus was so passionate here.
Matthew 23:38 “Look, your house is left to you desolate.” The house or the temple was the place of worship of the Jews, it was the chief ornament of Jerusalem, but now it is left desolate. It has nothing to offer her people because she has rejected her Messiah. A temple abandoned by Messiah becomes your house, not God's; “… your house is left to you desolate.”
The Lord’s public ministry was finished following the Resurrection. His recorded comments after His resurrection are kind of like a parent giving their child his last lecture on how to live, just before sending him off to college, knowing he will never live at home again.
Jesus is expressing His dismay over the spiritual condition of Jerusalem and He is heartbroken over the fact that the temple has nothing to offer them, especially in light of the fact that He is about to leave them. Matthew 23:39 “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 this is an interesting verse. Jesus is talking to Jerusalem as a whole and He is prophesying that they will reject Him and no longer recognize Him as Messiah. It’s as though He is saying to Jerusalem, “The day of your grace is gone by. I have offered you protection and salvation, and you have rejected it. You are about to crucify Me, and your temple will be destroyed, and you, as a nation will be given up to long and dreadful suffering. You will no longer see me as a merciful Savior, offering you redemption, until you have borne these heavy judgments.” (These judgments are detailed in the next chapter, Matthew 24).
I believe that while most of chapter 24 is a direct reference to what will happen to Israel during the great Tribulation, it ties directly into this chapter, and though much of it can be applied as warnings to the church today, the time line belongs to Israel. It’s as though Jesus is saying, “These judgments must come upon you, and be borne, until you would be glad to hail a Deliverer, and say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is He that comes as the Messiah, to bring deliverance.’”
This has not been yet accomplished, but the day will come somewhere near the middle the Tribulation period when the Jews, who have long been cast out and rejected, will hail Jesus as the Messiah, and receive him whom their fathers killed as the merciful Savior.
While Jesus appears in this last discourse with all the authority of a lawgiver and judge, He at the same time shows the tenderness and compassion of a friend and a father: He beholds their awful state and His eye affects His heart, and He weeps over them!
This is Jewish rejection of the Gospel and it is breaking the heart of God. The hardness of their hearts and their final condition is entirely of themselves? They were not willing. They would not bend their will. END
Medication: A Merry Heart: A Cure for the Hiccups
A man goes into a drugstore and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man’s face.
"What did you do that for?" the man asks.
"Well, you don’t have the hiccups anymore, do you?"
The man says, "No, but my wife out in the car still does!"
God Bless, Have a Great Weekend – Happy Father’s Day!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Isaiah 26:3 CSB
Today’s readings: 1 Kings 9 & 2 Chronicles 8
Saturday: Proverbs 25-26
Sunday: Proverbs 27-29