>There are few times in the gospels that you see the ancient God of the Old Testament coming through in the person of Christ.
Jesus gets done telling the religious leaders off and He’s standing in the temple…
“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! See, 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 ESV
It amazing to me to think of how long suffering God is with His people who rejected Him over and over again. The OT prophets get a bum rep sometimes because of the harshness of their words toward God’s people, but Jesus makes it clear that it’s the heart of God pleading through His prophets. All through the rebellion and sin, He was looking for the opportunity to gather them to Himself.
I’m been reading up on the violence of the OT and the problem of evil and suffering, so it’s refreshing to take a break from that and reflect on the rich mercy and long suffering that God has toward us.