Compassionless Church – 20 Contrasting Verses

Upon (finally!) obeying Gods call to return to Bethel, Jacob (who is at least 72 years old) looses the nanny of his youth – his wet nurse – and weeps. Was his mourning because there was “Nobody left to wipe his nose?”

“But Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.” Gen. 35:8

Jacob named the place of his wet nurse’s passing Allonbachuth or “Double Sorrow. Tree of Weeping.”

He was really, really sad over the passing of his 100 year old wet nurse?

Interestingly, scripture isn’t clear on the timing of the death of his mother, Rebecca. Instead the death of Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse/maid is given.  So perhaps Rebecca passed sometime before Jacob’s return to Canaan – and he didn’t know of her death until the event of Deborah’s funeral. Either way, both women would have been precious to Jacob.

“Rebecca’s death after Jacob’s 20 years with Laban indicates that Jacob was 72 when his mother died and Rebecca was either 120 or 134.” Wikipedia continues: – Some reasons why Rebecca’s death isn’t recorded…

We listened to teaching recently that the “double sadness” had to do with Jacob’s dependence on the wet nurse. His comforter. That his life (part way to Bethel, being a lukewarm believer) was, enabled, cared for and comforted by others, until he completed his journey to Bethel.

“There are no wet nurses with God, or in the House of God. Nobody here to wipe your nose.” was the assertion from the pulpit.

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We know the heart of God … by his treatment of people.

We heard further that this compassionless stance had lead to some leaving fellowship, and that they were welcome to be gone.

So, Jacob mourned loosing his comforters? He could sense no compassion, no comfort in the call of God?

He had arrived in Bethel – which means “The House of God.” Where he would worship the “God of the House of God.” El-Bethel.

“Jesus had compassion on them…”


20 verses that speak of the compassion of God.

(Perhaps this is how Church should operate?)


Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Hebrews 2:17 “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”

Luke 7:13 “When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Matthew 15:32 “And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”

Isaiah 40:11 “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”

Isaiah 42:3 “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.”

Isaiah 63:9 “In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.”

Matthew 8:3 “Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matthew 8:16-17 “When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’ ”

Matthew 9:36 “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”

Matthew 14:14 “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”

Matthew 18:11-13 “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ” ‘What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.’ ”

Matthew 20:34 “Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.”

Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”

Mark 6:34 “When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.”

Mark 8:2-3 “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. “If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.”

Luke 19:41-42 “When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.”

John 11:34-38 “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!” read more.

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”

Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

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