Wisdom from God’s Word…

 

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

Proverbs 14:34

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Unwelcome

A friend of mine told me that they found a squirrel tail in their yard the other day.

No squirrel, just the tail.

They also told me that there’s a fox roaming around their neighborhood and foxes eat squirrels, so they believe the tail was from a squirrel that the fox had eaten.  

Did you know that foxes make a den to live in?  Basically, it’s a hole in the ground.  Unlike squirrels who, like birds, make a nest in trees.

That provides an interesting segue here.  

“Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”   

That verse has always puzzled me.  That was until a few days ago when God opened my eyes to see that the statement had dual meanings.  A simple meaning and a deeper meaning.     

When God opened my eyes to the deeper meaning of the statement, I realized just how sad and depressing it really is.

For a little backstory, that statement is in response to a Scribe who told Jesus that he would follow Him wherever He went, but Jesus being Jesus gave him a reply that was more profound and round about than it was direct.  If you want to read it, the dialogue can be found in Matthew 8:18-20.  

The basic meaning of Jesus’ words meant to convey that if the Scribe was truly honest in wanting to follow Jesus wherever He went, then he best be prepared to never rest until the work is complete and that there was no fancy mansions or dwelling places of convenience along the journey.  

However, the deeper meaning to that statement is this: “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests” means that those creatures have a shelter.  A place to reside.  A place they are welcome.  A place they call ‘home’.

And the meaning of “…but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” is that Jesus has no shelter.  No place to reside.  No place He was welcome.  No place to call ‘home’.  

Not even in the hearts of those He came to heal, rescue, save. . . love.

It’s recorded in the book of John that ‘therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”’  And after Jesus told them that anyone who would eat His flesh and drink his blood would have eternal life, the people argued with one another saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”

And as a result of Him saying no one can come to Jesus unless the Father grants it, many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.  (John 6:52-66)

He was rejected.  God was rejected.  

“…but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 

Jesus offered them the way to salvation that His Father prepared before all creation ever came into existence, but they rejected God’s gift.  

The world didn’t want God’s way because that meant giving up the life they know and allowing Jesus to have complete control.  To hand over the reigns of their lives in complete submission to Jesus, this unknown person, so He could lead them down a narrow path to righteousness and holiness.  

And they rejected the gift.  They rejected Jesus.  

They rejected the true, undefiled love of God the Father.  

“…but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”

The people in today’s world aren’t much different than those people who interacted with Jesus back in the day He walked on the earth.  

See, the world’s idea of Jesus is the devil’s jesus.  A human mortal with no power or authority over anyone or anything.  Who never condemns or disciplines anyone for any wrong doing, no matter how heinous and barbaric the act.  

The world, including those in the church, want a fabricated Jesus, not the real Jesus.  Not the LORD of lords and KING of kings, but a friendly guy who gives us hope and love.  A Jesus who sits down and has a beer or a glass of wine.  Who smokes weed and gets high.  Who doesn’t care how many people you have sex with.  Who lets humans act like complete idiots and fools for six days a week, then forgives all their wrong doing on a Sunday morning because they showed up to sing some 7-11 songs and “fellowship” with like-minded sinners.  (FYI, 7-11 songs are songs that have approximately 7 words which are repeated 11 times.)

And yet, so many of those people who show up on a Sunday morning look up and say the exact same thing the Scribe did in Matthew 8 verse 19.  That “they will follow Jesus wherever He goes.” (sarcasm intended) 

Sadly, even if they hear the answer, they don’t understand Jesus’ reply…  “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”

They miss the truth in the meaning of that statement.  That the real Jesus, the true Son of God, isn’t welcome in their hearts.  That He’s forbidden to make it His home…

He’s unwelcome.

And that’s pathetic.