“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” Luke 13:34 ESV
My sister-in-law is raising a bunch of chickens (for eggs thankfully) and invited me over to see the chicks. They are so cute. One of the things I learned from her was that when a hawk is out in the sky, strobing the ground for victims, a hen will spread out her wings and the little chicks will run under them and hide away from the sight of the predator. That got me thinking about Jesus, and His lament over Jerusalem. How often I would have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.
He was aching over their rejection of Him, and of his protection. His desire was to shield them from those seeking to devour them, but they spurned His offer. They did not want to be ‘blind’ under the shelter of His care, they wanted to decide for themselves if they were in danger or not. They did not want to be dependent on Him.
David wrote in Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” and understood that compared to his enemies, he was as intimidating and threatening as a fluffy chick. He desperately needed the LORD to stand between him and his enemies.
My rebel heart leans both ways, it cries out for protection from Christ, and then after a while it wants to push Him away, thinking it knows better.
What about you? Are you David, or Jerusalem today when it comes to the Shadow of His wings?