Luke 13:31 – At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”
32 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. 33 Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!
34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. 35 And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (NLT)
In today’s reading, some of the Pharisees warn Jesus that he may be in danger for his life. While some have believed that these religious leaders were sent by Herod, I believe it simply shows that not all Pharisees opposed Jesus. (He was buried in the tomb of a Pharisee). However, what I would like to focus on is a seemingly insignificant term that Jesus uses when referring to Herod Antipas. Jesus calls him a fox, and we understand that term to be referring to someone who was cunning. In ancient times, and in rabbinical literature particular, the term often had a different meaning. Calling someone a fox meant that they were unimportant. The meaning here is that Herod, or anyone who stood in opposition of Jesus, was unimportant to Jesus. He would not be deterred by opposition.
Are we easily deterred by opposition, especially when it comes to the things of God? Do we allow threats and name calling to slow our resolve to live out a Christian life? Do we act less than Christian around certain people because we know if we oppose their unchristian words or ways, they will argue with us? Do we laugh along with the off color jokes because it’s easier to go along than to stand alone?
When it comes to living a Christian life, let us remember who it is that is our Lord. Jesus is the One who is important. We should not totally disregard any human being, however, when it comes to how we live out our daily lives, those that oppose the things of Jesus are unimportant.
Today, let us not be deterred by those who stand in opposition to the things of Christ. Let us resolve to live out our faith in word and action.
Posted by Ramón Torres