Intro: God is grieved by the apostasy (desertion) of his human creation, because in disconnecting from God we bring such misery upon ourselves. Why do we persist in being so prideful and self-centered? Why do we demand our own way instead of honoring God’s Word and Way? We were never created to be a selfish human race who would live for worldly pleasure. Rather, we were created to live for the glory of God. We were made in God’s image—male and female in his holy likeness—in wisdom and righteousness for the purpose of fellowship (Gen 1:27).
In our passage today, Jesus reveals the tenderness of the Father’s heart; he has a sincere love for his people despite their selfish inclinations. So it must have been emotionally painful for Christ to tell his people that the glory of God was being removed from Israel (1Sam 4:21). When Jesus—the Living Word—left the temple, the glory went with him.
Although Jesus rebuked these religious leaders, he loved them and his heart broke over their stubborn selfish ways. God is full of compassion, mercy, and goodness; he desires blessings for all his creation. God does not want destruction for anyone—even the wicked. That is why the Lord pleas with humanity to repent; he actually provokes us in order to help us repent. Always keep in mind how very much God loves you and wants fellowship with you.
Matthew 23:37-39 NLT Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem
37 “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. 38 And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. 39 For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the tenderness of your heart toward your creation; thank you for the tenderness of your heart toward me. Help me to reflect you in wisdom, righteousness, and in my fellowship with you and my neighbors. In Jesus’ name. Amen.