Matthew 23:33-39 33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.
37 “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, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
First Lutheran Church, Concord
Observation: Heavenly Father, the truth hurts. It hurts to admit that I am sinful and unclean, and it’s easy for me to forget that You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. When I begin the process of repentance that begins by acknowledging my sin, the sometimes subtle but often not-so-subtle rebellion against you, I feel ashamed, defensive, and even unlovable, but You are above all that, and love me in spite of it.
Action: When I pray this week, I will confess to You those things which weigh heaviest on my heart, the ways I have offended others, and the ways I have ignored you. When they come back to mind, I will search the scriptures in order to be blessed by Your promises of forgiveness that you made sure in Jesus.