And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst
known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy
peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee,
that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and
keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy
children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another;
because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation (Luke
Jesus heart is broken over
the impending judgment of Jerusalem. Here God is actually crying because of
what is about to happen to His people. This certainly is not the picture of the
capricious arbitrary deity presented to us from some pulpits. God weeps over
sinners destroying themselves. Twice Jesus says that ignorance brought
destruction upon Jerusalem. In verse 42 Jesus said:
Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even
at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all
the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your
peace—your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness—depends)! But now they
are hidden from your eyes. (The Amplified Bible)
They did not know the things
that would keep God’s protective presence and all that comes with it. What
happened to Jerusalem was totally unnecessary and could have been avoided. Jesus
also said, “….because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation”
Truly it is a lack of knowledge that destroys people (Hosea 4:6).
The word “visitation” is the
same word used concerning the office of an overseer, elder or a bishop in the
church who is assigned by God to feed and protect His people. God was
overseeing His people and offering them an opportunity to be helped and saved,
but they refused Him. Therefore, in 70 AD Jerusalem was destroyed.
God offers all of us the
opportunity to repent and be delivered from sins that bring destruction.
However, this opportunity, if rejected too often, will be lost. Let us not be
ignorant of the time of our visitation.
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