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.
We live in a dangerous world. I’ll never forget the snorkeling trip we took on vacation several years ago. Our guide was telling us that we were going to try another place today because the normal place (where we were at the time) was a little rough. Just about that time I heard a commotion and looked into the water just in time to see a twelve foot tiger shark grab a giant sea turtle and head for the bottom. Yikes!!! Glad we picked another spot for today. Needless to say, snorkeling was ‘different’ that day. The truth is, the animal world is always dangerous. Creatures learn early to stay alert so not to become someone’s lunch. Luther talked about the Lord’s role in protecting us in his comments on today’s verse. We must have enough sense to run to Him for shelter.
“In this passage, Christ gives us a beautiful illustration of faith. In this picture, we see how we should act toward Christ. It shows us how he can help us, how we should make use of him and enjoy him. If we watch how a hen behaves with her chicks, then we will see Christ and ourselves depicted better than any artist can paint. Our souls are the chicks, and the devil and evil spirits are the hawks in the air. Except, we aren’t as clever as the chicks who flee under their mother hen. Also, demons are more skillful in attacking us than are the hawks in grabbing chicks. I previously taught how it isn’t enough to be devout, do good works, and live in grace. For not even our righteousness, let alone our unrighteousness, will endure before God’s eyes and his judgment. I have said that faith, if it is genuine faith, doesn’t rely on its own ability to believe but holds on to Christ and places itself under his righteousness. Just as chicks don’t rely on themselves and their own quickness but simply flee under the hen’s body and wings, so we must run to Christ and let him be our shield and protection.”
So don’t venture out too far today, stay close to the Lord. He is our refuge and shield to protect us from the predators looking for a quick lunch. Stay under His wings, He alone is our refuge.

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