Extracts from Obadiah Sedgwick on Christ’s lament over unbelieving Jerusalem:
…Christ did grieve at the hardness of mans heart, and yet thou dost not grieve at the hardness of thine own heart; he shed tears and wept over the hardness of Jerusalem, and yet thou weepest not at the hardness of thine own heart …
Sedgwick, Everlasting Covenant, 540.
They refuse the offers when Christ trades with them, and offers himself and his righteousness, and his spirit, and life, they refuse to hearken, they refuse to receive him … Mat. 23.37. You would not be gathered, ye will not come unto me, they Luke 14. 18. made their excuse: they in Mat. 22.3. would not come to the wedding: How often hath Christ come with his gracious offers to our souls, and begged of us to buy of him? you are dead, and here is life for you, you are guilty, and here is mercy for you, you are polluted, and here is holiness for you; but men will not close with Christ, they will not accept of his gracious offers, Christ cannot fasten kindness on us.
Sedgwick, The Fountain Opened, 218-9
He weeps over you if you will not be persuaded, he wept over Jerusalem saying, O if thou hadst known, that at the least in this thy day, the things which concern thy peace, Luke 19.42.
Sedgwick, The Fountain Opened, p236
2. In respect of Christ … things which do demonstrate that sinners do slight and refuse him in all his goodness and graciousness … His Tears: he weeps over sinners for their slighting of him and the good which he offers to them. When he came near to Jerusalem, he looked upon it, and wept saying, O if thou hadst known, &c. The things which concern thy peace. Luk. 19.41,42.
Sedgwick, The Fountain Opened, 282
Matt. 23.37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee? how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as an hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not? Here are offers made by Christ, unto a very unkind people, and many kind offers … Luk. 19.42. If thou hadst known, at least in this thy day, the things that do concern thy peace! mark! Here are offers of peace, and such as were divers times made; else what is that? at least in this thy day. Rom. 10.21. All the day long I have stretched forth my hands to a gainsaying and disobedient people. The stretching forth of his hands, what was that, but his glorious offers? and a gain-saying and disobedient people, who are they, but a refusing and slighting people? yet all the day long, &c.
Sedgwick, The Fountain Opened, 381-2
Christ wept over Jerusalem, Luk. 19. 42. saying, O if thou hadst known, even thou at least in this thy day, the things that concern thy peace? we could do the like over people to whom Christ hath long been offered, and all real good with and by Christ, and yet they will not know this Christ, nor that good which do so infinitely concern their good?
Sedgwick, The Fountain Opened, 446
God hath used incessant means and pressed upon sinners by his Servants, the Messengers of his Word many times, and for a long time, yet they repented not, nor turned from their sins … So Matth. 23.37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a Hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not?
Obadiah Sedgwick, The Parable of the Prodigal, 49