Read Matthew 23:23–39
When Joshua took possession of the land of Canaan, he left the fortified city of Jerusalem under Jebusite control. It remained that way until the reign of King David. Although David had a ruling city, he saw the advantage of Jerusalem over Hebron. Leading a daring attack, David captured Jerusalem and made it his new capital. The Jewish people still refer to it as the City of David and sometimes as Zion (2 Samuel 5:7).
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37).
Jesus spoke here of all the Jews. They were special, called of God, but unwilling to come together and follow Him.
God desires to gather all His children in unity. He wants us to lay aside our differences and worship Him, to pray together, to work side by side in the harvest, to serve only Him. The call to Jerusalem echoes to the Church today—how willing are we?
Thought for Today: Only at the cross are we truly made willing.
Quicklook: Matthew 23:37–39
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2007 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.