3A. THE KING’S FINAL WOE OVER JERUSALEM Matthew 23:37-39 Matthew 23:37 37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
In this scene we have the entire history of Israel in relationship to her Messianic King and His Kingdom.
The God of history is speaking.
He identifies Himself in the words of ‘how often I wanted to gather your children.’
The grand scheme of history from God’s point of view is to gather sinners under His wings.
The tragedy, however, is found in the words ‘you were unwilling.’
The nation of Israel said ‘no’ to God, but the victory in history will be the future day when Israel says, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’
The words of Christ in this section are specific and immediate.