- Chorazin and Bethsaida are compared to Tyre and Sidon. Jesus said if the same powerful miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have fallen to their knees and repented. They will get off easy on Judgment Day by comparison. Matthew 11:21–22
- Capernaum is compared to Sodom. Jesus said it would end up in the region of the dead. If Sodom had witnessed similar miracles, they would not have been wiped off the map. Capernaum will be judged more harshly. Matthew 11:23
b. Israel had access to written accounts of what happened to ancient cities who were filled with despicable corruption and violence. They also had written accounts of God’s love and mercy. John the Baptist, the final prophet of the old covenant, came to call them to repentance, reiterating the ancient warnings. They also witnessed God’s compassion and miraculous power at the hands of Jesus.
Jesus’ ministry focused on the goodness of God, His willingness to forgive, and His fulfillment of all the promises in the old covenant. The angels even announced peace on earth, goodwill toward men. The war between God and man would soon be over. Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all mankind in every house, village, city, nation, and continent.
So I’m trying to fit this passage into that equation.
c. Jesus words were spoken before He took all our sins upon Himself. He is now our high priest. It is up to the individual to accept or reject His offer of the new birth and a spotless garment.
As a result of the prevailing rejection of Jesus as THE ONE sent by God and the persecution which ensued, the believers dispersed thereby spreading the good news far and wide. The nation of Israel and the centralized religious leadership ceased to exist within a relatively short time.
We are no longer condemned as a city or nation. God isn’t mad at us. The war is over!
(Interesting timing for my Bible study and the teaching for which I posted the above link. My husband was playing the first podcast while I was answering this question.)
I still hear and read prophecies, teachings, and sermons proclaiming God’s judgment on cities and nations as condemnation for sin. I don’t think that is correct. Still seeking revelation about this one.
7. As a result of God sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world, we have the indescribably awesome opportunity to have a one-on-one relationship with the Father through Jesus and the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit. We can ask all the questions we want, and He is “ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.” from Matthew 11:27 MSG
8. From Matthew 11:28-30,
a. Jesus addressed his words to “all who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened” (AMP) also known as the tired, the worn out, and those burned out on religion. (MSG)
b. His promise—”I will cause you to rest,” “I will ease, relieve and refresh your souls”, “blessed quiet” (AMP)
c. How?—Get away with Him and He will show me how to take a real rest. Walk with Him and work with Him—watch how He does it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. He won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on me. Keep company with Him, and I’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
d. Oh, how I desperately need this! This year has been horrendous. I’ve lost track of the number of emergency room visits and hospital stays our family and extended family have endured—the most recent just two days ago.
Thankfully, all of the physical attacks, including the two life-threatening situations, were healed. The challenging and ongoing changes we’ve dealt with require daily walking with the Lord.
Some days I confess, I don’t do so well. I’m learning that when I end up feeling exhausted and sorry for myself, it’s because I deliberately decided to push myself above and beyond the important and necessary.
At some level, I want to look like a martyr. What a selfish and sick way to behave! In so doing, I’m certainly not bringing glory to God in the midst of an otherwise difficult situation.
Lord, forgive me. I need Your life-changing power to bring change in this area.