Summary: 2 of 2. Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s lack of discernment in the midst of her visitation. Our Savior is grieved over a lack of discernment in spiritual matters. But Why? 7 faults of spiritual ignorance. Spiritual ignorance Robs us of....
ROBBED Of The KING-II—Luke 19:41-44
Lack of discernment brings us a great deal of grief.
Likewise we can be robbed of something & someone of much grander importance....We can be robbed of our King!
Spiritual ignorance can be intentional(volitional) or can be unintentional(passive), but either way Spiritual ignorance is detrimental.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s lack of discernment in the midst of her visitation.
Our Savior is grieved over a lack of discernment in spiritual matters.
Why is God grieved over the spiritual ignorance of His people?
7 faults of spiritual ignorance.
Spiritual ignorance Robs us of....
4—Spiritual ignorance Robs us of...
:42—“saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
God never intentionally keeps us from truth, life, peace.
We choose their absence!
How?—Our prejudices, desires,
The very “things” of peace are “hidden from” the “eyes” of those who are seeking & desire such peace. It is implied here that peace is sought, yet there is no concept of how to find it or truly possess it.. Rather the lives/lifestyle of Jerusalem—& what it stand for spiritually— is built around a limited(human/fleshly) concept of how to attain & possess it. How ironic it is to seek for something(peace) earnestly while disregarding the very obvious means to it. God has sent the means of peace & He stands in their midst.
Jesus told Nicodemus that the kingdom of God is hidden from the eyes of those who are not born again.
Jn. 3:3—“Jesus answered & said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.””
“Hidden”—kruptw—1) To hide, conceal, to be hid; 2) Escape notice; 3) metaph. To conceal (that it may not become known). Strong—a primary verb; To conceal (properly, by covering):-- Hide (self), keep secret, secret[-ly].
Rom. 2:5—“But because of your stubbornness & unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath & revelation of the righteous judgment of God,”
2Cor. 5:7—“for we walk by faith, not by sight--”
Jn. 9:39—“And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; & that those who see may become blind.”
Ps. 81:11-12—““But My people did not listen to My voice; And Israel did not obey Me. “So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.”
Eze. 12:1—“Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”
Rev. 3:17-18—“‘Because you say, “I am rich, & have become wealthy, & have need of nothing,” & you do not know that you are wretched & miserable & poor & blind & naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, & white garments, that you may clothe yourself, & that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; & eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.”—Laodiceans saw themselves as rich
2Cor. 3:13-16—“& are not as Moses, who used to put a veil over his face that the sons of Israel might not look intently at the end of what was fading away.” But their[Jews] minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; “but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
Acts 13:27—“For those who live in Jerusalem, & their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.”
What’s really happening?
Before Berlin wall/Little old man 2 days a week pushes a wheelbarrow of straw to the guard shack separating East Berlin from West Berlin/Every time Guards rifled thru straw looking for contraband/Guards always baffled find nothing year after year/Finally Berlin wall comes down & city is united/Guards lose jobs/Guards ask “What were you smuggling?”/Wheelbarrows!
?You Robbed yourself of SIGHT?
?Are you Robbed of your King?
5—Spiritual ignorance Robs us of...
:43—“For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, & surround you, & hem you in on every side,”
The “hiddenness” of “the things that make for peace” is of quality wherein the absolute negation of peace will be their portion. In fact, Jerusalem’s very enemies will besiege them, “leveling” the city & destroying all those of the generations within. The destruction will be so complete that not even “one stone” would be left “upon another.”