And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. Luke 19:41-48.
While Jesus walked the earth, He had three kinds of people in His life: the lost sinners He reached out to, those who dropped everything to follow Him, and the ineffectual religious people who were going through the motions. Jesus is in heaven now, but those three groups are still well represented down here, and we need to figure out which one we belong to.
I don’t know about you, but when I read the Bible, and there are warnings given, I check to see where I am in the story. When the prophet of God is rebuking the religious posers for neglecting the poor, blind, and the lame, am I one of those posers? Does this apply to me? I usually am, and it usually does.
Just as the old testament is full of warnings to the Jews, the new testament is for the church. That is because God has not changed, and neither has human nature. God’s judgment against His people, and the threats thereof, are not just historical events. They are legal precedents, and they are still in force. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, starts with letters to seven churches. Five were threatened with having their candles snuffed out. Which church do you attend? Where are you?