I was reading this passage today:
Now as He drew near, He saw the city [Jerusalem] and wept over it.  Saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surrounding you and closing you in on every side,  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground: and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
This passage really moved me because Jesus wept not only for Himself, but He knew what was going to happen to them [in Jerusalem] throughout history after He left, that they were going to be killed in genocide like what happened in World War II, and what is happening right now. They couldn’t see what they were doing, and He wept for them. This really shows the compassion of Him because even though He is coming as a judge, He also feels their pain. Many people ask that if there was a God then why did a thing like the Holocaust have to happen, and the answer lies in these verses. They had their chance to accept Him and they rejected Him. It is likewise for people today. God is crying out for the souls to accept Him, but because of the stubborn will of people, they reject Him, not knowing what kind of danger they are putting themselves into.
There was a blog posting I put up called the Call to Obey, and there was a video in which the person speaking talking about Achan and the city of Ai that was punished for one man’s rebellion. If we rebel against God and don’t choose to accept Him, He has every right to punish us as He sees fit. He loves us, but even as we love our children, if your kids don’t do what you say, and do things that are bad for them, don’t you punish them? Maybe not with kids, but with dogs and cats, if they chew up stuff and run the house a muck, don’t you discipline them?
In the story of Achan, he did not destroy all the gold, but he kept the best as a sacrifice, and that’s where the whole city was punished. As I think about this passage today, I am reminded about what happened at Ercis, Turkey today, the 7.2 earthquake, where even children were destroyed. I know that God is weeping for them as well. He didn’t want to have to allow this to happen, but in justice and fairness, and in a plan that we humans cannot understand, He had to do something. I am guessing and just only guessing, that it had something to do with Israel, and maybe God will repair the relationship with Israel and Turkey, but this was a symbolic act of God, like are many devestations that happen in the world. Many people ask that why do bad things have to happen to good people, and that’s usually because of the sin that happened in their generations or the generations before it, and maybe not always the case. Sometimes we cannot tell because we are only human, and God is a God that is above our understanding to an extent, but He has given us clues to His nature and character when we read the Word of God.
Let us not be like Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and reject Him, but let us embrace Him and welcome Him with open arms. Let us also pray for the peace of Jerusalem, because they did not know at what cost their peace would come and we don’t want that cost to go in vain. To the Jewish people, the LORD loves you, and He wants you to turn to His Son Jesus and accept Him. Are you ready to walk into your destiny as God’s chosen people? The Bible says, “Blessed are those who bless you, and cursed are those who curse you.” You don’t have to become Christian, you can still be Jews, all you have to do is recognize the Messiah that came for you. Shalom.