I was just reading, and I thought there were some very interesting thoughts here in the good book. However, I had to put two ellipses in because the content (now removed) was too intense for Facebook. So apparently this one Rabbi said: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,…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….And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Luke 13:34-35)
Jerusalem is an amazing city. Go for a visit if you ever get the chance, and spend your money supporting that amazing little nation. The people of Jerusalem have had a spectacular history. While reading through the Bible you will notice a bittersweet representation of the people who lived there. They would have periods of time when they would be spiritually strong, really in tune and in harmony with God’s heart, and listening to every word spoken by the prophets God would send. Other times there would be a major clashing of the will of the people of Jerusalem against God’s will. Back and forth it went, from one generation to the next: sometimes obeying and receiving blessing, sometimes disobeying and experiencing discipline. This roller coaster ride between obedience and disobedience really reminds me of myself and the people I know who try to live by faith in this generation. Up and downs, back and forths; always trying to be consistent, but never quite being all that God wants us to be. I wish we were all a bit more spiritually stable. But the passage above says there is a happy ending. The God of Israel will not forget Jerusalem, and the Messiah will return to bless His people — even if Israel walks away with a little limp as a memory of his struggles with his Maker. As we carefully observe how God shows unconditional love for the people of Jerusalem, we learn of God’s capacity to show never-quitting love for us. The God of the Bible is unlike anybody I’ve ever seen, and the Messiah-Savior He sent is also something else. I’ve never seen love like that anywhere else. I’ve never seen forgiveness like that around here.
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