31 At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." 32 And he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, `Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.' 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"
Which ties in nicely to Matthew 23
Giving a teaching Subtitle of:
Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees
Which ends with Matthew, a Disciple traveling the road with Jesus telling of Jesus' compassion to those who He would gather to His Heart and enfold dearly to Him. Mark gets in on the discourse telling us - they were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe.
Jesus meek and mild. Jesus got milk toast? CMON. Jesus has R.E.A.L. Personality. Vim. Vigor. Wit. WAY. Truth. Life. Surely we are the People and Wisdom will die with us...Yep - Sayings of Jesus Christ.
Look at Our Jesus.
He is working!!!
He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working."
Surely Jesus Christ Superstar, rock opera by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, had Herod Type - and -Cast.
Jesus knows in the Fullness of God the Father Almighty What is Coming Next. And Jesus chooses to - Work 'with'.
And HE said to them, "Go! And tell that fox!
Giving Herod appreciation for his style and cunning political craftiness -
I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow,
the third day -
I finish my course.
I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following:
for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.'
Now look at the Seven Deadly Woes of Matthew 23. Different from the seven deadly sins. Really? Not really. People like to examine things and look at them and actually that is a great teaching tool. There are seven deadly sins, in the Old Testament, separate from the 10 Commandments because - Scripture repeats - its a Teaching Tool.
The Seven Deadly Woes are Whoa, In Your Head, Material.
Telling us if we open our hearts, apparently, to someone - we are doing the Work of Jesus. And we don't want to be leading them in harmful ways. Bringing them down. Jesus didn't even try to lead Herod down.
Something to think about - Jesus like us to be centered and unswayed. When the objective is far and a Way better than - draining a swamp.
Got a Pity Party?
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Not your typical Baby Shower.
Hurtful circumstances. Where is the righteousness? You'd have to ...
Hope for the Best...
This Child of GOD is not in the palace where the Magi knocked. The Light that dwells in all of Mankind, was stuck.
Stuck in a Cave with, probably, a Stone crib.
Taking what you've been given, and expecting God will work His Plan. Jesus was in that smelly, cave barn surrounded with Light and the Parents, God gave Him, who would gaze at Him with Love. Working better Faith, Hope and Love out of irregular, uncomfortable, unloving circumstances with rudimentary elements of Joy.
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19