So the poor of the flock - The pious, who attended to my teaching, saw that this was the word - the design, of God.
And so the poor of the flock that waited upon Me knew - The rest were blinded; those who listened to God‘s word, observed His prophet, waited on Him and observed His words, knew from the fulfillment of the beginning, that the whole was God‘s word. Every darkening cloud around the devoted city was an earnest, that the storm, which should destroy it, was gathering upon it. So our Lord warned, “When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart” Luke 21:20-21. The “little flock which waited upon” the Good Shepherd, obeyed the warning, and, fleeing to Pella, escaped the horrible judgment which fell on those who remained. Osorius: “They remembered that it had been predicted many centuries before, and that the Lord, by whose Spirit the prophet spake, foretold that in that city “one stone should not be left upon another” Matthew 24:2.