Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 23:23 – 39
Verse of the Day: Matthew 23:37 – “ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
The Greek word, ορνις, translated “hen,” simply means “bird.” It is the base of our word for the study of birds – ornithology.
The Old Testament has many references to God’s care for His people in the same way that a mother bird cares for her chicks. (Deut. 32:10 – 12; Psalm 36:7; 61:4; 91:4; Isaiah 31:5; and Malachi 4:2). The passages bring to mind how birds shelter their young under their wings and compare this to God’s protection. Jesus here says He wants to give people this same kind of protection and love, yet they so frequently reject what He offers.
Prayer: God of protection and love, I come today asking You to cover me with Your wings of shelter in this time. May I gain the assurance of Your protection and shelter in the midst of the storms in my life. Amen.