November 22, Matthew 11:22

Matthew 11:22

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement, than for you .”

 Luke 10:14

But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgement, than for you ,

As I listen to Christmas music, I will use the hymns as my background noise.  The home is a little loud at this moment and I am so behind in these posts that I have to write when I am ‘moved’, really not the right word but it works.

So, as I cooked dinner this verse kept running and running circles in my mind.  First it is from Christ’s mouth so why shouldn’t it take precedence in this brain.  As with all my posts, on this blog, I prayed before reading the verse and then I put the verse down on a blank screen.  Then I leave it for the Spirit to guide my thoughts.  Then when the home gets quiet, I re-read and pray.  It is here that I start typing.  Just as I am now.  I usually pray before I correct the typing errors.  Sometimes the sentences are so jumbled that I lose what I had at first typed.  Sometimes they are just a repeat of the same thought.  So, now you know how I go about my post, I felt it was important to this post.  Why?  I have no clue.

Matthew 11:22

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement, than for you.”

What was our Lord trying to tell these people he was speaking with?  He was saying the same thing we might have said to our kids.  “You knew better so your punishment will be meted out more severely.”  In the verses above and below this one, He talks about the most vile cities and their people compared to the cities He did His miracles in.  The towns He did miracles in were blessed!  Think about it, Christ did works and miracles in front of people, and they were awed, for but a moment, then they showed their jealousy by being vindictive. 

Now, let us talk about this happening in our personal lives.  We have it happen when something negative comes about, and everyone wants to accuse you of sinning; saying that if you had not sinned then you would not have this trouble.  Or you question something some loved one did and they start blaming you for what they did.  Either way it seems you are the one at fault even if it was out of your hands.  Or they might say it was all your fault because you did not tell them about it ahead of time.   No matter what the person did they will try to turn any issue away from it being their responsibility.

In this verse the town is told that they knew about all aspects of judgements, learning, and faith.  They are even blessed enough that Christ communed with them.  Right?   What do these people do?  Did they follow Jesus with gladness?  Did they start to judge everything He did?

Let’s go back to our own children.  When they are little and learning to walk we are always saying, “slow down so you don’t hurt yourself” or “it’s hot don’t touch”.  We are always giving little children advise but knowing little children, that is an invitation to do what you tell them not to do.  Then as they get older it is a challenge to do the wrong to see if they get caught, or if you will hold to your word of punishment.  The Lord had given these townspeople several hints and instructs, but they still challenged him.  What does a good parent do?  They take their hints and turn them into reprimands, on to punishments. 

But when a parent is faced with a child doing something wrong, needing punished, a good parent considers if they warned their child of how bad the action would be and why.  Most good parents will say something like, “gosh, I never thought you would do this, so I never warned you.  I did not think that I would need to.  But now that you have done it you will be punished but not as severely as if you would have known.”  That is what this verse is saying to us.  We, today, know of the salvation and redemption plan for our future.  We know the choice is ours.  We know what we should do, but do we do it or just hope that the Father is just of love? 

Have you heard a sermon in church about this subject?  I have not in years and the people that I speak with have not.  All they hear is that God is love.  Like all good parents God is not just love, He is about salvation, redemption, and discipline.  Thus, a person that is forewarned and given all the information for anything is at an advantage compared to a totally ignorant person in any situation.  This advantage has two parts.  It is the expectation that you will use the warning or witness to your betterment.  It is also hindrance in that you will be punished but will feel the punishment more.  You will be held to a higher level of knowledge and you will feel shame.  Think about it!  When you face the judgement day, will you be able to stand there confident in knowing you were not like these people and scoffing at all the Lord has done for you? 

1 Corinthians 11:31

For if we judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

(32)   But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. ”

Have you used your knowledge to repent?  Have you allowed it to transform your heart and is your life for Christ?  Are you using this verse to check to see if you will be scolded?  (upbraid)  

Hebrews 12: 6

For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. ”

(7)   If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? ”

(10)   For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit that we might be partakers of His holiness. ”

The above verses say it best.  The Lord is supposed to be our heavenly Father.  He will chasten us, not to condemn us, but to allow us to walk with Him.

My prayer for this post is that we are better able to see and understand our chastening.  That we use them for a closer walk with the Spirit.  I pray that when we are chastised, we give thanks for this love, and the knowledge that we are His child.

 

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