“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
There is a famous line from Curly Howard of the Three Stooges; “I can’t see, I can’t see, I can’t see! – I’ve got my eyes closed.”
Treva and I just pulled up to our home after a few stores along the way… at the end of a long day. She was speaking on her cell about some wedding music as we grabbed bags to take into the house. She kept rummaging around in the car and I asked; “What are you looking for?” She said, “My phone!” I stopped and staired a few moments and said, “You have it in your hand speaking to someone.” Long Day!
You may think, how can the people in Jerusalem miss someone right under their nose? We see it every day! People reject the Gospel and try other avenues of peace: money, power, popularity, fame, or following the latest fades, fashion, spirituality, or religions. The chase for peace. Lets consider Matthew 11:28; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?