Luke 19:41, God Can’t Hold Back Tears

As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

//The story of this verse begins hundreds of years earlier. God appears to the prophet Ezekiel with this message:

“Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears. –Ezekiel 24:16

God is talking about Ezekiel’s wife. God is about to unleash Israel’s enemies on Jerusalem, destroying his metaphorical bride. (In several places in the Old Testament, and in the book of Revelation, Jerusalem is presented metaphorically as the bride of God). But God is determined not to cry over his dead bride, and he insists that Ezekiel not weep over his wife, either. Ezekiel’s refusal to weep becomes a silent prophecy that God would not weep over Jerusalem.

So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded. –Ezekiel 24:18

Jerusalem was destroyed, and God wept not. But hundreds of years later, God comes down to earth as Jerusalem is about to be destroyed again. This time, he sees Jerusalem from the vantage point of a man. God (Jesus) sees Jerusalem in its pitiful state, knows its destiny is to again be slaughtered, and this time around cannot help but weep for his bride.

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