Jesus used an allegory of a mother hen and her chicks to describe His concern and love for the people of Jerusalem (Jews) who were still under the Law but had already subscribed to the Rabbis' philosophy and the traditions of the elders, in place of God's teachings. If we could get a grasp of how much Jesus loved those people and also us today, maybe we would serve Him in a more dignified way.
A mother hen will sit on her nest with her little ones under her wing and let an enemy tear her apart, to protect those little chicks. The enemy (hawk or other big bird)
doesn't want the mother hen...it wants the little tender ones to eat. But he has to go through the mother hen to get to them and that is usually a pretty tough job.
Matthew 23:37-39: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
©Edna L. Ingram, 04/20/2013