At that time some pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you." (Luke 13:31)
Who is the "fox?"
The "fox" Jesus refers to here is Herod - who felt threatened by Jesus. Herod wanted not only to be the king of Judea at that time. He also wanted to be its spiritual leader. For this reason, he claimed that he was a descendant of King David.
This interesting warning from some pharisees indicates some pharisees were indeed convinced of the wisdom of Jesus' teachings. This is certainly the case with Nicodemus - who was also a pharisee yet was a follower of Jesus. It was Nicodemus who arranged the tomb for Jesus, and he also brought spices and burial clothe for Jesus.
Thus we can know from this that not all the pharisees were necessarily against Jesus. Those who were, however, are to be understood as being envious. This is because they saw Jesus with many followers.
This is a common goal among sectarian teachers: having many followers.
Some try to disguise their seeking of followers as their mission to save people in the name of Jesus. But as we find in so many cases, it is often simply the desire for many followers that drives many of these evangelical teachers.
This is why so many appointed, paid sectarian teachers will stand up on their pulpit and say the things that people want to hear. They talk about the importance of family and they teach that we can ask Jesus for anything - whether it is getting rich, winning our baseball game or healing our leg - and he will do it.
Saying these things are a sure-fire way to attract followers. Just think about it. Anyone who says that all we have to do is make a request for wealth and we will get wealthy will naturally get lots of followers. But what kind of followers? Those who want to get wealthy. Or otherwise gain something else from prayer.
Jesus didn't teach this
His teachings were to love and serve the Supreme Being - not use God or Jesus as a means to accomplish our self-centered desires. This is why Jesus also said:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matt. 7:21-23)This is why there were so many people - including Herod, the high priest Caiaphas - who wanted to get rid of Jesus. Jesus was threatening their positions of leadership. They were envious of Jesus because Jesus was teaching the Truth, and deep inside they knew this.
So why is Jesus speaking in this way regarding Jerusalem - using symbolism and such?
Jesus stated clearly that he was sent by God to teach the people of Judea - and Jerusalem was its capital:
“Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:38)
"I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him." (John 5:43)
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me." (John 6:38)
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me." (John 8:42)But this was not only Jesus' mission. It was also Jesus' teacher's mission - John the Baptist, about whom it was described:
He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. (Luke 1:16)Thus we know from this that Jesus is carrying on the mission of his teacher, John the Baptist. We also know that this is the same mission of Job, Ezekiel, David, Moses, Abraham and many other prophets: To bring back those of us who have fallen into this hellish material world.
The power of God's Holy Names
Furthermore, we see that Jesus is discussing the power of the Holy Names of God:
"I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.'"Jesus is glorifying the Holy Name of the Supreme Being and connecting himself with that. We can see this elsewhere:
“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth" (Matthew 11:25)He also taught the importance of praising God's Holy Names:
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
"Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name, the Name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one."
And Jesus' activities provoked others to praise God:
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God...
The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God.
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”
Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
Luke 23:47:See other scriptural evidence for the power of the glorification of God's Holy Names. Anyone can come closer to the Supreme Being by simply praising His Holy Names.
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God...