Lament over Jerusalem
31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
- Jesus presents the picture of a farmyard and a mother hen protecting her young. Wright points out that in a farmyard fire, if the animals can’t escape, they will do everything they can to protect the young. In the case of the mother hen, she will cover her chicks with her wings. In the process of saving the chicks, she will more then likely sacrifice her own life. This is what Jesus longs to do for Jerusalem. There was a fire coming and Jesus wanted to protect his children.
- Now go back to the warning about Herod. Jesus call him a fox. A fox was a predator and a great danger to farmyard animals. However, Jesus is not deterred by this warning. He knows he will have to face death, but not at the hands of Herod. He must continue his journey to Jerusalem. To the cross. His mentioning of the two days of healing and casting out demons and finishing on the third day, point to the his upcoming death and resurrection.
- Jesus must fulfill his destiny. He must risk the threats of the fox and become the mother hen to his chicks. The crisis was coming. The chicks were in danger.
- “What can we see from the vantage point of the end of chapter 13? We can see, with devastating clarity, what Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is going to mean. Israel’s greatest crisis is coming upon her, and he is offering an urgent summons to repent, to come to his kingdom-way, his way of peace.” N.T Wright
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