Thursday, January 6, 2022
The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
20 Next, Jesus unleashed on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way.
21-24 “Doom to you, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had seen half of the powerful miracles you have seen, they would have been on their knees in a minute. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you. And Capernaum! With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you.”
25-26 Abruptly, Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”
-Matthew 11:20-26 The Message
The Unrepenting Cities
Verse 20: Then He began to reprimand the cities where most of His miracles were done because they did not repent.
Verse 21: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Verse 22: Nevertheless, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
Verse 23: And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
Verse 24: Nevertheless, I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Verses 21-24 studies: Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom were ancient cities with a history of wickedness (Genesis 18:19; Ezekiel 27; 28). God destroyed the cities for their evil. The people in Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum saw Jesus firsthand, but they refused to repent of their sins and believe in him. Jesus mentioned that if some of the wickedest cities in the world had seen him, things would change. There would be repentance. Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum saw Jesus and didn’t believe; they suffered greater punishment than the cities that didn’t see Jesus. We have churches everywhere, Bibles at the hands of people and in homes around the nation. There is no excuse on judgment day if they do not repent and believe.
Come to Me
Verse 25: At that time, Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants.
Verse 25 study: Jesus mentioned two types of people in his prayer. The “wise,” arrogant in their own knowledge, and the “infants” humbly open to receive the truth of God’s Word. Are you wise in your own eyes or seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God holds all the answers?
Verse 26: Yes, Father, for this way, was well-pleasing in Your sight.
Luke 10:13-15; Mark 6:45; 8:22; Luke 9:10; John 1:44; 12:21; Matthew 11:22; 15:21; Mark 3:8; 7:24, 31; Luke 4:26; 6:17; Acts 12:20; 27:3; Revelations 11:3
Matthew 10:15; 12:36; Revelations 20:11, 12
Matthew 4:13; Isaiah 14:13, 15; Ezekiel 26:20; 31:14; 32:18, 24; Matthew 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27, 31, Revelations 1:18; 6:8; 20:13; Matthew 10:15
Matthew 10:15; 11:22
Luke 10:21, 22; Luke 22:42; 23:34; John 11:41; 12:27, 28; Psalm 8:2; 1 Corinthans 1:26
There is a reason why addictions are called addictions. In my personal terms, it is called history repeating itself, you do the same thing repeatedly when you want to stop, but you won’t. Father, I pray today that addictions around the world will be handled when we, as disciples, can grab someone’s attention. Let us be willing to speak on it with great humbleness. I pray for your love in us to be shared with everyone else because addictions are not easy to talk about or deal with. Let us go at it but with caution. In Jesus’ name. Amen.