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Judgment on Jews* | Matthew 23:34-36

34 “Therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers of religious law. But you will kill some by crucifixion, and you will flog others with whips in your synagogues, chasing them from city to city. 35 As a result, you will be held responsible for the murder of all godly people of all time—from the murder of righteous Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you killed in the Temple between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, this judgment will fall on this very generation.

Matthew 23:34-36 (NLT) 中文

Wave of woe wake

Back in chapter 22, Jesus responds to the attacks of the religious leaders. His wave of woes (judgements) against them, these hypocritical blind guides, is now complete. A massive wake remains from this wave of woe:

  1. For blocking the way for others to enter Heaven. 
  2. For converting people to their kind of false Judaism – leaving them further from salvation. 
  3. He Judges their misplaced values
  4. Their misguided giving and majoring on the minors. 
  5. Their false focus on outward appearance rather than inward holiness. 
  6. The Bondo job: again regarding their focus on outward appearance while neglecting inner holiness. 
  7. Judged them for killing the prophets who called Israel back to God. 

Historical guilt and prophecy

Jesus said in the previous passage and repeats in this one that these religious leaders will be held responsible for the harm (killing of ) all the OT prophets ever slain throughout time? This is literally from A to Z, Abel to Zechariah (though Z is not the last letter of the Hebrew or Greek alphabet)! “Abel was clearly the first, and in the way that the Hebrew Bible was arranged, Zechariah was the last. 2 Chronicles is the last book of the Hebrew Bible, and Zechariah’s story is found in 2 Chronicles 24.” (enduringword.com) Verses 20 and 21 in particular record this atrocity. 

If you look back at the last passage, Jesus says that since they confess they are sons of those who killed the prophets hundreds of years ago, they are guilty themselves. There is a connection. If that’s not enough, Jesus’ prophecy about them killing future righteous shows they are indeed culpable. Basically, they have the same heart of evil as their forefathers so will do the same things.

Prophecy of Paul?

As I was reading this, I could not help but think that this is almost an exact prophecy of Paul, the apostle. Who knows, maybe he may have been among them, possibly, as He was speaking! Paul was converted (Acts 9:1–22) from being a religious leader to a bold believer. 

Judgment on Jews

“With a strong assertion of certainty, Jesus predicted that God’s judgment would fall (v. 35) on the generation of Jews that rejected Him. This is Jesus’ formal, culminating rejection of Israel for rejecting Him as her Messiah.” (planobiblechapel.org) This happened long ago in 70 A.D. This prediction will lead into Jesus’ cry for Jerusalem, its people, in tomorrow’s passage. Dr. Constable continues, “However, notice that it is only that generation that Jesus cursed. It was not the entire Jewish race. God is not finished with Israel (Rom. 11:1). He postponed the earthly kingdom. He did not cancel it.”


  • * This post is not a condemnation of Jews! It has little to do with the current situation in Israel. As the last quote from Dr. Constable states, God is not finished with Israel. Revelations makes it clear what the future role of the Jews is.
  • God doesn’t mess around. He is indeed forgiving. He also judges sin. Please tell those God puts in your path. If you haven’t believed, know there is a coming judgment. For more about salvation click here.

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