“Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, you shall not see Me again, till you shall say, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” Matthew 23:37-39
As you read Matthew 23:37-39, pray He will give you how His very heart felt as He spoke these words over Jerusalem. It is so important to read His alive Word asking for His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to help you understand it and the joy or agony or anger (etc) that went with His Words. His Word is life; we must seek His face as we read His alive words and meditate on each lovely word. He must have been in great agony here as He relates His heart to the Jews. He so wants them to KNOW Him. And, it is so important to see here that the Jews will not see Him again until they can call Him “blessed” and open their hearts to His return. Oh, let the Lord lead you in prayer now for His glory!
Isaiah 62: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes forth as brightness, and its salvation as a lamp that burns.
And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah: for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD, keep no silence.
And give Him no rest, till He establishes, and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The Lord has sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your wine, for which you have labored:
But they that have gathered it shall eat it and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness.
Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; build up, build up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a banner for the people.
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed unto the ends of the earth, Say you to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”