It was grievous to the Saviour that the Scribes and Pharisees as well as their forefathers — the hardhearted and unregenerate people of Jerusalem — had persecuted the true Prophets of God. For such conduct must necessarily be avenged.
"You are the children of those who killed the Prophets," said Jesus to the Scribes and Pharisees. "Therefore, look, I am sending you — Prophets and Wise men and Scribes" (namely godly Christian Leaders). "But some of them, you shall kill and crucify [such as Stephen and Peter].3046 And some of them, you shall scourge in your synagogues — and persecute them from city to city," such as would be done to Paul and Barnabas.3047