O Jerusalem, O Jerusalem

Re:Verse passage – Luke 14:12-24 (day six) 

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.”-Jesus, Luke 13:34

No matter how much they may have deserved it, Jesus’ words were not always colored with anger when confronting the self-righteousness of the pharisees. To be sure, there were moments when Jesus was angry with them, but more often than not he told his parables with compassion and longing for repentance. The one he tells while at the pharisee’s house is no exception.

Jesus had dinner with these pharisees and experts of the law, not to pass immediate judgement, but to help them truly see themselves; that they were fully invested in building their own kingdoms rather joining God in building his.

I imagine that required God-sized compassion.

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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