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 The Day of Visitation in Israel, the Pharisees & the People

“They [the disciples] said, “The Lord has need of it [an asses colt].” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:24-44.”

In these few verses the fullness of the reality of what it means when those who are in authority over God’ house reject the day in which they live is manifestly revealed. Verse forty four says “because you did not recognise the time of your visitation”. This speaks of the appearing of Christ beginning from the river Jordan and the testimony of John as well as the works which Christ did throughout Israel, the like of which no man had ever witnessed before in all time. It especially speaks of this moment of the Lord Jesus riding into Jerusalem on an asses colt, borrowed for that purpose, with the garments of his disciples and the coats of his disciples thrown down as His carpet of praise and worship. The disciples could not constrain themselves and were compelled in the Spirit to worship Christ and shout ““Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”. Jesus Himself upon catching sight of Jerusalem, wept, comprehending the reality that God’ chosen people had not understood the day of His coming and through unbelief and wickedness has pressed Christ to hide Himself from them at this hour of His entry into the Holy City as their King.

Yet in the midst of this we see that the ordinary men and women hung onto every word which Christ spoke (Luke 19:48). What cause for great sorrow and sadness that it is this way. That men and women who comprehend the sufferings of this life and of all people most desire deliverance and are the most willing to declare a righteous man righteous by his works, which in their sight are a pleasing thing; yet in the end side with the very authorities which reject the righteous man, and like them resort to murder and hatred. The pain of the common man gives rise to hope, but when hope is removed from their site, they too cry “kill him” (Mathew 27:20-23). Just as did these men and women who hung onto every word of Christ, when they saw Christ being bound by authorities and brought to judgement, lost their bearings and became no less of the spirit of those who plan such things from the beginning (John 11:53).

We today are faced with no less of a reality than were the common people of Israel in their day. We too are looking for the day of visitation, let us not miss it because we have not understood that signs and wonders, healing, deliverance and many many such things though wonderful will not save us nor will they keep us from the day of the Lord who is coming as a thief in the night. Let not that day of the Lord overtake us as it did in the day of Israel, but let righteous conduct and faithfulness preserve us by the power of Christ working is us for His own names sake. Let not our own fleshy hearts and minds require it of the Lord to hide himself from us in order that we might be perfected through sufferings, but let our willingness to lay hold of the fullness of Christ be the measure of our obedience and the proving of our preparation to meet Him with a shout in the day when He comes again in the glory of the Father. Let us learn from Israel!

And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land; the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders. “Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. Deuteronomy 29:2-4.

The only requirement a man needs to serve and please God is a heart to do so. Therefore ask God and do so in the knowledge of your own deceitful and wicked inclinations of the natural heart, and He will faithfully give you such a heart by which you will alway please Him according to His own administration and calling. The outward man is of no consequence save for obedience and righteous conduct being the fruit of righteousness; Christ in us the hope of glory!

 2013/2/21 8:17

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