34 “Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! 35 Look! God is abandoning your house to you! I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai!’”
Adonai gives us authority over ourselves. It is in executing that authority that determines how we shall live, by placing Adonai as our Lord and submitting to Him or by putting our own desires above all others and being cast out of his presence.
9 For look at the stone I have put in front of Y’hoshua: on one stone are seven eyes; I will engrave what is to be written on it,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot; ‘and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day. 10 When that time comes,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot, ‘you will all invite each other to join you under your vines and fig trees.’”
As we are starting the festival of Sukkot, I can’t help but read these verses and pray “next year in Jerusalem.”
20 Nevertheless, don’t be glad that the spirits submit to you; be glad that your names have been recorded in heaven.”
Pride is a problem I wrestle with daily, while I always want to do a good job, sometimes the job becomes more important the whom I am doing it for. Abba keep me from praising myself and let me praise only you.
62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
I cannot fall back on past success and consider myself actively working for the Kingdom. Adonai commands that I actively show proof of my trust through action. Abba grant that I be that strong worker.
12 But many of the cohanim, L’vi’im and heads of fathers’ clans, the old men who had seen the first house standing on its foundation, wept out loud when they saw this house; while others shouted out loud for joy — 13 so that the people couldn’t distinguish the noise of the joyful shouting from the noise of the people’s weeping; for the people were shouting so loudly that the noise could be heard at a great distance.
If I keep my distance from people I can never know if they are rejoicing or crying. Adonai wants us to get involved to care for each other as we want to be cared for so that we may show the world His love.
33 For Yochanan has come not eating bread and not drinking wine; and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking; and you say, ‘Aha! A glutton and a drunkard! A friend of tax-collectors and sinners!’ 35 Well, the proof of wisdom is in all the kinds of people it produces.”
I cannot control how other people will react to the truth of Adonai, I can only present His word. The reception of his Word is between them and God.