|Luke 11:47-51 |
47 Woe to you! For you rebuild the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
48 Truly you testify that you approve the deeds of your fathers. For they indeed killed them and you rebuild their tombs.6
49 Because of this, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.'
50 So that the blood of all the prophets shed from the foundation of the world will be required of this generation,
51 From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the temple. Truly I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
6 Truly you testify that you approve the deeds of your fathers. For they indeed killed them and you rebuild their tombs. This verse is confusing and appears to be slightly mistranslated. Matthew 23:29-32 is the parallel to this, but makes much more sense:
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous,
And say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have been partakers with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the children of those who killed the prophets.
Fill up then, the measure of the sins of your forefathers. Mat 23:29-32
For Jesus to be killed by the Jews who thought they were doing God a favor, is not without precedent. Many of the Jewish prophets were killed by the ruling class of Israel, who considered themselves to be very religious; a those murdered by the Jewish authorities include:
Just as Jesus and many of the true prophets were killed, so were Stephen, James, and many other early Christians. Jesus said: the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2. Jesus is talking about religious people: those who believe they are doing God a service by killing his disciples, whom they consider to be heretics. The people of the world, particularly the religious people of the world, will hate and persecute anyone truly born of the Spirit of Christ. Why? Because those born of the Spirit will tell the religious people of the world that their religion is in vain. Just like Jesus told the Jews, and they killed him. Just like the early Quakers told the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Puritans, and Baptists, who killed over 800 of the early Quakers, hanging four in Boston. But as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal 4:29. All who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12. And so when those disciples of Jesus appear again, who have truly been purified, crucified, and perfected, they too will be massively persecuted by Christendom once more.