Luke 13:31–35 (ESV)
Lament over Jerusalem
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, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who
are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 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!’ ”
I’m not sure why the Pharisees are warning Jesus to get away since they too want to kill him. I really think what they are saying is get out of here and
move on to the next city. But Jesus responds back by calling Herod a “fox”. Jesus is showing that he is not afraid of Herod. Jesus is making reference to his dying in Jerusalem and rising again on the third day. He
knows he will die in Jerusalem, so he is not worried about dying here. The Lutheran Study Bible writes: “Jesus repeats His determination to press toward Jerusalem and God’s will for Him there. Unfortunately, the impenitence mentioned in this
passage continues today, keeping people out of God’s kingdom. That makes the imagery of this episode all the more poignant, for the Lord still reaches out to His wayward children, earnestly seeking to gather them under His protective wing.”
I pray: “O Lord, sometimes we get caught up in worldliness and we find ourselves straddling the line of being a believer or that of a Pharisee. Help us to stay true to you and your teachings.
Gather us under your wing and protect us from the evil one. In Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.