83 By the sharpening ear of the heart

Luke 19:41-44
Isaiah 6:8-13
Ⅰ Sadness of Jesus

This morning, it is the second scene of Verse 28-40, the marching to Jerusalem of Jesus. "And when He approached, 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 shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and 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.'" (41-44)

In a flat place to the right that has entered a little of the old Jericho road, in the middle of narrow road that come down almost straight from the Mount of Olives, the poor signboard of English stood. It says, "This is a place where Jesus mourned by a look at Jerusalem.". At first, I thought whether it was the truth, but certainly it was a great place of overlooking the town of Jerusalem under eyes. The landscape of Jerusalem overlooking from there was wonderful; and particularly, Islamic mosque which was built on the site of the temple, "the Dome of the Rock", was very beautiful by brightness of the morning sun. Surely, Jerusalem Temple would have been more than that. As a symbol of peace. However, the peaceful time of it was not nearly.

Jesus said, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace!". Name of Jerusalem means "city of peace", but, it begins that the "priest of most high God", Melchizedek, was a king of Sharemu (Salem / peace) blessed Abraham, a long time ago. Salem was old name of Jerusalem. And, it is said that Melchizedek was the model of the Messiah (Jesus). It says "Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Psalms 110:4, Hebrews 6:20-7:17). So, we must hear this "peace" is pointing to Jesus Himself. It is also reflecting in that He rode on a child of donkey. Jesus was going to march to Jerusalem as the Lord of peace. When Pharisees looked at disciples who were screaming "King, Hurrah!" around Jesus, they have requested, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." (39). It means "If Jesus enters Jerusalem as the Messiah, certainly it will be considered a riot and it will be prevented; therefore, stop such a ridiculous entry into a fortress.". They had decided absolutely not to recognize that Jesus is the Messiah. They did not know it was to reject the Lord of peace.


Ⅱ If refuse the Lord of peace

Luke wrote expressly in Verse 39 that "Some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to Jesus"; it seems that Luke would have thought that the ones who had rejected the Lord of peace were not only priests, the scribes and Pharisees, but common people was also so. Matthew wrote, "When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, 'Who is this?'" (21:10); but, it was Jerusalem. Jesus was not lamented for the landscape of Jerusalem merely. People of there was living without knowing peace of God. He mourned it deeply. Previously, I had the same conversation with many Jews of Jerusalem. "Is Japan peaceful?" "Yes, it is." "Why we do not have the peace?" It points to the conflict with the Palestinians and Silja; but they do not aware that it is due to the fact that they had rejected the Lord of peace. City of Salem (City of peace), but, it is standing as a town of fighting now. They do not wish to know the Lord of peace, it is the cause of all.

It is said, "But now they have been hidden from your eyes." (42); but, please note this is passive. The thing that you do not want to know is about God; it has been superimposed to the message of God which was spoken in Isaiah (Isaiah 6:9-10). The One who had hidden peace from their eyes, it is God. However, even so, their sins will be never exempted. Because people has rejected the Lord of peace, they will come to prefer a fight unwittingly; it is the sad nature of sins. They have chosen the way to a fight and a ruin. It is the surge of anti-Roman movement by involving the children. Will it be able to say that they had set foot in the area that Satan wants? And, it will also apply to us today. As the way to peace, people will have weapon in their hand. Even if it brings a miserable result repeatedly so much, they will not be able to learn by even any experience. Please listen to the words of Paul."Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are; immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissension, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21) When we repeal the Lord of peace, our love will turn into hatred, our heart will be full of doubt, and our hands will join with anger and jealousy. Indeed now, our times is rushing to such a direction, I think.


Ⅲ By the sharpening ear of the heart

Jesus answered to the warning of Pharisees (39), "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!" (40). Text of this morning is also a continuation of that answer. It will be good to hear that the stone which was said to cry points to the ruins of Jerusalem. "For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another," (43-44) Jews who refused the Lord of peace, and had chosen a fight and the way to ruin, they will be to encounter the reality that they never imagined at all. It is the things after 40 years, but it was realised from the antipathy of Rome; Rome expelled Akerao of Herod dynasty at AD6 years, and assumed Judea as a genus state which was an ally till then, and became substantially ruler; and it became a large rebellion after repeated small rebellion. In the 60s, many of the Jews armed uprising centered around the Zealot of extremists, it will continue showing signs of a great revolt gradually. Under Vespasian commander of the supreme leader's (next emperor), Rome sent the army in Judea many times, and did complete suppression in Jerusalem (AD70). Beautiful temple, except a part of "the west wall" (Wailing Wall), was destroyed thoroughly, and the Jews of more than 600,000 fell victim. Following the siege of Masada fortress of three years, and Bar Kokhba revolt of 132 years, the Jews have rebelled against Rome thoroughly, but finally, but the Jews lost the country finally, and discrete to worldwide, and were called the people of wandering. "And will revel you to the ground and your children within you,"; at the same time when it mentioned in the violence of the town collapse; does it also point to the fact that over long era of 2000, they became the people of wandering?

Jerusalem was rebuilt; but, the cityscape which was collapsed under the deep ground is still buried with the same figure. The state in which unearthed some, it seems to be eloquent to the figure of those who refused to Lord of peace and raced on the road to ruin, exactly. It concludes, "Because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.". The original nuance would be that the time of coming of God was the time of worry for you; probably, this God will be pointing to Jesus on the cross. We must hear that the reason why Jesus came to us, it was to care us, because we stayed far away from the salvation. "Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand. Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, houses are without people, and the land is utterly desolate," (Isaiah 6:9-12); I hope that it do
es not apply directly to us. So, I hope that we wish to hear it by the sharpening ear of the heart.



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