Tuesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 11:31-32
31 “The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen. 32 The people of Nineveh will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

11:31 The queen of the South (the queen of Sheba; 1 Kings 10:1–13; 2 Chron. 9:1–12) will condemn this generation because she came a long distance to see Solomon and hear his wisdom (1 Kings 10:1–4, 7), whereas something greater than Solomon (the Son of God and his wisdom) has come to them and the people reject this and ask for a sign.
11:32 Even though the Ninevites were wicked, they at least repented at the preaching of Jonah Jesus’ words affirm the historicity of the story of Jonah: he says that the men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment, thus predicting an actual future event; and that these same men repented at the preaching of Jonah (Jonah 3:5), indicating that Jonah’s preaching in Nineveh was an actual historical event. How much greater condemnation, then, for those who refuse to repent at the teaching of Jonah’s Lord, who is greater than Jonah. Jesus is both the ultimate wise man (Luke 11:31) and the ultimate prophet (v. 32).

Study Questions:

  • The people refused to believe in spite of all that Jesus had done before their very eyes. So he makes a couple of comparisons that would've made the religious leaders very angry. He reminds them of two different situations in which gentiles, not Jews, chose to believe with way less evidence and way fewer signs. He reminds them of Nineveh believing despite Jonah's incomplete message and of the queen of Sheba being convinced by Solomons words of wisdom. Jesus tells them that he is greater than Solomon, yet they refuse to listen. We can often be stubborn and slow to listen to God's voice in our lives. We can be skeptical or doubt God's power or ability to affect our situation. We can turn a deaf ear to what we know is right because we want to do things our own way. Is there a situation in your life right now in which you might be ignoring what you know God is asking of you because of fear or uncertainty?

  • Another way we can doubt God in our lives is to just not ask for his help or opinion. We don't come to him in prayer at all. Instead, we go about doing things our own way. Many times, we don't ask him what to do because we already know what he'll say, and it doesn't line up with what we've already decided we want. Could it be that you are refusing to ask for his opinion on a decision because you'd rather just go your own way? What do you need to pray about today? 

Pray:

  • That we would be obedient to God, no matter what he asks. 
  • That you would be quick to go to him in prayer and trust his answers.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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