The fox, the hen and the chicks
Luke 13: 31-35
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! “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. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.]”
A Jewish fox tale:
A fox was once walking alongside a river and he saw fish swarming from place to place. He said to them, “What are you fleeing from?” “From the nets that humans cast for us,” they answered. The fox said to them, “Wouldn’t you like to come up on the dry land? We could live together, you and I, just like our forefathers.” They answered, “You’re the one they call the cleverest of animals? You aren’t clever. You’re a fool. If we are afraid in our own element, how much more out of our element [literally, in our place of death]!”
The Jewish understanding of the fox:
A certain scholar, thought at first to be brilliant, was by all outward signs inept, and it was remarked about him, “The lion you mentioned turns out to be a fox.”
Jesus calls Herod a fox:
We can imagine those listening and Luke smiling as he writes, “Go tell that fox ..” Jesus was saying Herod was a fool. He thinks he is a lion and that he can kill me but he is only a fox. He is not what he appears to be.
THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL IS NOT WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE WHETHER IN HIS ATTACK OF FEAR ON US OR HIS TEMPTATION OFFERING US THE WORLD. HE IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS. SO GO TELL THAT FOX.
A commandment for the hen and the chicks:
Deuteronomy 22:6-7 “If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young. You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.”
Jesus’ uses the analogy:
Jesus is the mother bird, the hen, being driven away from the chicks and the nest, but is refusing to do so. Jesus remains but it is the chicks who are fleeing the nest.
THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL IS CONTINUALLY TRYING TO DISTANCE US FROM JESUS. HE COULD NOT TEMPT JESUS FROM HIS MISSION SO HE CONTINUES WITH US EITHER THROUGH TEMPTATION OR PRESSURE TO RUN FROM JESUS. THERE IS ONE SAFE PLACE AND THAT IS WITH JESUS WHO LONGS TO GATHER US TO HIM. RUN TO HIM TODAY.