As a hen gathers her chicks!
Scripture reading for February 3rd: Matthew 23:20-39, Psalm 23, Proverbs 6:27-35
Mother hen’s are very protective. I remember a story that happened after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. A prairie chicken mother was killed instantly and frozen in time by the searing wave of heat that came from the eruption. A worker in the area a few days later came upon the charred body of the hen and gave it a kick with his foot. Out from under the body of the hen came a small brood of live chicks who had survived by huddling under their mother who gave her life protecting them.
Jesus used a similar example as He looked out over Jerusalem after giving the religious leaders a prophetic warning concerning their need to repent of hypocrisy and find a true relationship with God. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.'” (Matthew 23:37-39) God’s heart was to save His people just like the prairie hen who gave her life to save her chicks. The problem with sinful man was their unwillingness to come to Jesus for salvation. Religious people like to work for their salvation and put on the religious shows that Jesus labeled ‘hypocrisy’. When God tried to warn them by sending His messengers the prophets and now His own Son, they killed the prophets and now were ready to do away with the Son!
God must draw a person before they can be saved. (John 6:44) The Holy Spirit works through preaching to convict of sin, righteousness, and the coming judgment. (John 16:8-10) Jesus Christ is the way, truth and life, and no one can come to the Father but by Him. The Trinity is unified in their desire to see all saved and come to safety under God’s protective wings. The only thing keeping us away is our willingness to welcome their help!