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Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke 13: 34 – 35

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Luke 13: 34 – 35

Roasted Chicken

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

The apostle Matthew was the first to write down these teachings of our Lord Jesus. Let’s see what he wrote, “Matthew 23,”37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

If you have been going through the bible with us, that being the Gospels, then you will understand that it seems like Matthew, Mark, and Luke cover a lot of the same things and words of our Lord, yet in many occasions there are differences that when you look in depth, you find some golden truths. In this case however, it appears that both Luke and Matthew wrote down the same words. What do we make of this? Well, our Great Jehovah Elyon – The Lord Most High – informed us as we read in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 1915 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”

Our Precious Holy Creator wants us to get this important message down pat, this is why He records it twice.

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!

He then turns His attention to Jerusalem. Knowing all things, our Holy Master knows that in a short time the city and the Temple will be destroyed. As the Creator, our Holy Majestic Ruler sees His people in a loving way like a mother hen cares for her young. Unfortunately, because of the Jews rejecting our Lord Jesus as their promised Messiah, they will ultimately be served up as a meal of roasted chicken to the Romans. The people living there will be slain or taken captive as slaves.

Jerusalem, the supposed city of peace, holy city, did not fulfill its destiny due to the sins of everyone. This upcoming judgment broke His heart. The people acted religious but their hearts were rotten. Their evil caused them to murderer every messenger, ie. Prophets. Let us look quickly at these references;

2 Chronicles 24:20-21, “20 Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He also has forsaken you.’” 21 So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.


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