And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 King James Bible

четвъртък, 5 януари 2017 г.

Matthew 23:37

Matthew 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together … and ye would not.”

A verse very different from what arminians imagine it to be, (ab)using it to show that God wanted to save the entire population of Jerusalem, but without warrant, as the verse itself doesn't relay that at all. It doesn't say "how often would I have gathered thee", but "thy children". Jesus wasn't "trying" to save the entirety of the populace, and they refused through their free will. The verse carries nothing of this.
Jesus was talking to Jerusalem, the apostate rulership of Jerusalem, not the average citizen, much less those, whom he wants to save. Why would he suddenly interrupt his own rebuke and address the common people? The whole Matthew 23 is a condemnation on the leaders, the Jewish clerical elite of the city. Does this verse say that God's prophets attempted to save the rulers? The goal of the prophetic ministry was to gather "the children", the godly citizens from their oppressive clergy and rulers, like Jeroboam, Ahab, Jezebel, Ahaz, Manasseh and the hosts of false prophets etc. It was them, who didn't want to release the common men to their God and killed the prophets so that nobody could hear the word of God and his promises for temporal and eternal salvation.

To which may be added the following passage of Isaiah, to throw more light on the meaning of the verse.

Isaiah 49:24-25

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

The primary application of this verse is the deliverance from the hard bondage of Satan, in which he takes every person born into the world, including God's people, the elect, which makes them temporarily liable to judgment, that is, in a sense, his "lawful captives" as far as they are under his dominion and condemnation.

But it has a local application here in that the Pharisees and the priesthood of Israel had turned into the slave-drivers of Satan, much like Pharaoh, bringing anyone born within their realm into spiritual bondage and refusing to give up their presumed lawful right over the souls of the people to the God-sent prophets and then apostles and disciples. They thought that, because they can trace their office and lineage back to Moses, they have rights over people's souls, much like today's "apostolic" churches abuse the names and authority of the apostles. But Jesus promised to "contend with him that contendeth with thee" and here he does, contending with the Pharisees for the souls of those sons and daughters of Abraham, who were oppressed by the Devil. He also promised to "save thy children", which he did, when he removed the ceremonial law and destroyed Jerusalem, thus freeing the Christians from the bondage of the priesthood. Matthew 24:13,22

Matthew 23:2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Isaiah 49:24
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

 The chicks were never unwilling and the wolves were never willing.

Psalms 36:7
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

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