Tuesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 10
8 “If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. 9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ 10 But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ 12 I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.
13 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 14 Yes, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. 15 And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

10:9 Heal the sick assumes the same bestowal of power and authority as in 9:1 (cf. 10:19). The kingdom of God has come. See 9:2; 11:20; 16:16; 17:21. The “kingdom of God” in this present age is not an earthly, military, or political kingdom but is the rule and reign of God in people’s hearts and lives, and it is manifested both in people following Jesus and his teaching, and in the miraculous healings that God brought through the disciples, giving a foretaste of resurrected life in the age to come.
10:10 go into its streets. The symbolic act of judgment against a town will be visible and public (cf. 9:5).
10:11 the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you.  
10:14 and Mark 6:11. Jesus repeats for emphasis the heart of the message: the kingdom of God has come near (cf. Luke 10:9).
10:12 more bearable on that day. See note on Matt. 10:15.
10:13–14 The judgment of Tyre and Sidon will be less severe than that of Chorazin and Bethsaida (9:10–17), for the former cities would have repented had they experienced Jesus’ ministry (on these cities.) sitting in sackcloth and ashes. An expression of mourning and repentance. “Sackcloth” is rough cloth made from goat’s hair; “ashes” were either placed on the head (2 Sam. 13:19) or sat upon (Job 2:8; Jonah 3:6).
10:15 Capernaum will receive the severest judgment because they witnessed Jesus’ ministry and miracles to such a great extent (4:23; 7:1–10; cf. Matt. 4:13; on the city). will you be exalted to heaven? Due to having witnessed and rejected Jesus’ ministry, they will be brought down to Hades, the place of the unrighteous dead (Luke 16:22–26).

Study Questions:

  • Jesus tells the 72 to go to the cities that accept them and their message, but if they don't accept them they are to "shake the dust off their feet" and leave them to their fate. He calls out six different cities, three Jewish and three Gentile. He says that it will be worse for the three Jewish communities that reject his message than it will for the Gentile ones. In fact, Capernaum will get the worst of it. That was where Jesus kept his headquarters during his ministry in Galilee. They had seen all the miracles and heard all the teaching. There was no record of them being hostile to Jesus, so what was it they had done so wrong? They had merely tolerated him. Indifference, Jesus says, is just as damning as outright rejection. When God makes an offer of peace to a dying world, it is offensive to him for people to be indifferent. How much indifference towards and "tolerance" of Jesus do you see in today's culture? How easy is it for indifference to creep into your attitudes?

  • Ignoring = Rejecting... To ignore God's offer of peace and forgiveness is to reject him. Everyone that hears the good news of the Gospel has to decide what he/she will do with that message. They will either accept or reject it. There are some that think they have accepted it, but they actually have never fully surrendered to it. The Gospel is a stumbling block; it's offensive. To accept the message of the Gospel means you have to admit you're a sinner in need of saving. It means you must humble yourself before God and confess that you can't do this life on your own and that, if God doesn't intervene, you are headed to an eternity separated from him in hell. How can you know for sure that you have fully accepted the Gospel message? How can you know that you are more than just a Christian in name only, but are actually a Jesus-follower that has a daily, personal relationship with him? What kind of fruit might your life produce in either case? 

Pray:

  • That you would recognize when you slip into simply tolerating Jesus.
  • That you would be sure you are fully submitted to Jesus.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

6. Is the Bible God’s word? Jesus proved He is God by rising from the dead and said the Old Testament was God’s word and gave authority to the Apostles to write the words of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that all the words of the Bible are God’s Word.
(Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:27, 44; John 14:25-26, 15:27, 16:12-13, 17:20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

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