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12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
37   O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38   Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39   For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Christ suffered for all men. He suffered most at the hands of the religious zealots who clung to their own interpretation of the Law of Moses. It was not the ordinary sinners who actually killed Jesus, but the hypocrites and spiteful religious leaders. Yet, Christ loved them and called them to Him time after time. He sought to draw them to Him, and how often He manifested to them the signs of His love and power! Yet, as the end came near, Jesus described Jerusalem as "The one who kills the prophets and those who are sent to her." He called the center of civilization and the protector of God's house "The one who kills." How severe will be the punishment upon Jerusalem!Christ had constantly tried to gather poor souls, gather them in from their wanderings, gather them home to Himself. The Scripture says, "to him must the gathering of the people be" (Genesis 49:10). He would have gathered the whole Jewish nation into his spiritual kingdom under the wings of the Divine Majesty. He wanted to gather them, with tenderness and affection, as a hen does her chicks; instinctively, but with concern. Christ's desire to do this comes from His love (Jeremiah 31:3). The hen's chicks gather under her wings for protection and safety, and for warmth and comfort. Wretched souls who gather in Christ's arms find the same, along with refreshment. As a hen will protect her chicks, so Jesus was willing to die for those who seek His protection from sin and death.Yet, the majority refused to humble themselves or repent and confess their sins. They did not recognize God's love displayed through His merciful, holy Son. They not only rejected Him, but had Him crucified. Many also willfully ignored the voice of the Holy Spirit, so God's judgment descended upon Jerusalem. The holy city was destroyed and ruined in 70 AD after the Jews' revolt against the Romans. Between 132-135 AD, the rest of the country suffered the same fate. Since that time, the majority of the Old Covenant members have been scattered among the nations that were despised by them. Their house will remain in ruin and they will not see Christ (their Messiah), who is their hope, unless they repent from their opposition and believe in the crucified Son of God. Only then will the divine curse be raised from them. Then the living waters of the holy city of Jerusalem can flow to the dead wilderness around it (Zechariah 12:10-11). But before this happens, Jerusalem will become a cup of drunkenness and a stumbling block to all the nations (Zechariah 12:2-3). Therefore, we pray, "Come, Lord Jesus! You are coming to our Earth, and we are waiting for You. Come soon, for without You, there can be no peace in Jerusalem."

 

Prayer:   Holy Lord, we are part of a proud generation, yet Your Son loves those who are broken and in need of Him. Forgive us our imperfect love, and fill us with Your power that we may serve You with repenting hearts, and preach Your kingdom, that everybody shall repent and participate in the prayer: Come, Lord Jesus! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

 

Question:

211. What does Christ teach us about the city of Jerusalem?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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