devotional post #1,997
Luk 13:31 At that time, some Pharisees came up and said to Jesus, “Escape from here, because Herod wants to kill you.”
Luk 13:32 But he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am expelling demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and by the third day I will complete my work.
Luk 13:33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem.’
God’s plan, not Herod’s
Here is an interesting bit of commentary on this passage:
“Jesus does precisely what the Pharisees urge him to do (v 33), but only after making it very clear that he is doing it on his own initiative and not theirs (v. 32). They tell him to “go” (v. 31), and in reply he defiantly tells them in turn, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I drive out demons and accomplish healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I am finished’“ (v. 32). But then he announces his own intention to “go” after all—not at their request but out of divine necessity: “I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, for it is not possible that a prophet should be killed outside of Jerusalem” (v. 33). He does what he is urged to do, but not because of the urging. As an itinerant prophet, he moves according to God’s plan, and no one else’s.” (J. Ramsey Michaels, “The Itinerant Jesus and His Home Town,” in Authenticating the Activities of Jesus, ed. Bruce Chilton and Craig A. Evans (Boston: Brill, 1999), 187.).
Our Saviour had a plan to accomplish, but it was God’s plan, not Herod’s plan. Whose plan are we living by?
LORD, show us your plan for our lives, and give us courage to follow it, no matter who says otherwise.