This Generation and The Unrepentant Cities!!!
But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, Will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”…. Matthew 11: 16-24
In our previous Study, we see Jesus saying to Us that we can come up to a Level of Life that is far above those who Lived in the Old Covenant and that the only way is by being Violent with Satan and the desires that dwells in our flesh. But here, we see Jesus describing the Childish Character of Men of this generation and the rebuke of cites where Most of His Miracles had been done.
But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions: it is so disappointing that when the Lord wanted to describe the condition of the people of this generation, He said they were Like Children playing in the Marketplace!!! Can You imagine Angels Looking down to Earth and saying “Look at these Children with Paper and calling it money!!!” Just Like at times we see Children playing with Sand and calling it food or playing with Paper and calling it money. We Look at them and smile saying “One day, they will grow up to stop all this Play and seek after the real thing” So I perceive the Lord was saying “Those who set their Mind on the Blessings of the Old Covenant which is mainly Prosperity and Material things instead of The New Covenant Blessing which is a Life of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit are like Children playing in Market place!!” They are Like Children playing with Sand and calling it food or playing with Papers and calling it Money. And Heaven is Wondering “How come these Generation can’t see this!!!, How come they can’t see that these are not the True Riches found in Christ Jesus? How Long will they sit playing with Sand and paper when they can get the Real Food and Riches?” Shame on Us, If Angels Look upon Us and nod their Heads in pity because we are yet to discover the better things that the new Covenant has for us.
And saying: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; We mourned to you, and And you did not lament: Another thing Jesus noted about this generation is that it was a generation that want Preachers to dance according to their tune. They were people who wanted Preachers to dance when they play the Flute and Lament when they mourn to them. In other words, they were generation saying “You Must preach, whatever We want You to preach! When we want You to Dance, You must Dance. When we want you to mourn, You must mourn!” A True Man of God is never like that!!! John the Baptist was not Like that, and Jesus was not Like that. They had a message from God and preached what God wanted them to preach. They did not dance according to the tune of that generation, they didn’t dance according to the tune of the people of the synagogue. They spoke what God saw the people needed, and that was not very palatable. Very often, people got offended because they did not have ears to hear. But this generation wants false prophet who will say what people in the synagogue want to hear because they want to get their salary. And they Dare not speak the truth or anything that will offend particularly the Rich people in the synagogue, if not they will lose their salary. Indeed the time has come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires,because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables(2 Timothy 4:3-5).
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’: So Jesus says when You are Like that, as a Generation who wants God’s people to fit in to your own understanding of what a Prophet of God should be like and what He should speak about, You are like Children who expects others to do exactly what You want them to do. And when they don’t do want you want them to do, whatever they do, You will criticize them. If they go left or right, You find fault in it. They never do what is right in your eyes because they don’t dance according to your tune. For Example John the Baptist, He came without eating or drinking, He was eating Locust and Honey and Living in the Wilderness. His dressing were so simple, just Carmel hair. He was rough in appearance. And when the people of that generation looked at that, they didn’t like that, He was too extreme and then they concluded that “He must be having a Demon” And then came Jesus whose first Miracle was turning water into wine. He came eating and Drinking. People will invite Him to their Houses and He will eat and Sinners would come around and He will not send them away. And when the People of that generation saw that, they said, “He is a Glutton and a Winebibber” So we see that they criticize John the Baptist for not Eating and drinking, and they Criticize Jesus for eating and Drinking. Are you Like that? Whatever God’s servants do, You are always finding something to Criticize. Do you have a judgmental attitude towards every Preacher? You are the Expert that gives marks to Preachers Right?. To you every Preacher that does not preach what you want to hear is wrong. If you are Like that, then you are like the Children of that generation that even if God comes down, you will find fault in Him. However, this does not means we are Just to swallow everything we hear from a Preacher. We must compare them with Jesus. We must seek to see if such a Preacher is Humble and free from the Love of Money Like Jesus. We must watch to see if the Man is approachable and compassionate Like Jesus. We must seek to compare whatever a Preacher says with the written Word of God to see if it is according to the Principles of the New Testament.
Another interesting thing we see is that we are not to imitate another Man of God. Jesus was not imitating John the Baptist’s eating and dressing habits neither did He go out into the Wilderness. Each of us is individual. We are all called to follow Jesus but we are not called to imitate the Ministry of another Man of God. That is one way you can destroy your own special contribution to the body of Christ. For the Hand cannot have the Ministry of the Mouth.
But wisdom is justified by her children.: John was Wise according to His own calling, Jesus was Wise according to His own calling. And in the final day when God judges all men, we will see that these actions of God the Baptist and Jesus vindicated. They are the result of divine wisdom. But a foolish generation that could not understand this will only criticize. It is exactly the same today. A True man of God is never accepted by the Majority. He is like a stumbling block to them just like John the Baptist and Jesus were. But one day, the wisdom of God will be Manifested in their actions and the whole world will see truly that these are the Men of God!!!
Then Jesus began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not Repent: These people were in the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit had not been given, Miracles had to be done to authenticate the Ministry of Jesus. But the thing which Jesus rebuked them for was that they did not repent. It was Repentance that Jesus sought through His Miracles. The purpose of the Miracles of Jesus was to lead people to Repentance. It was not to show people what a great Preacher He is Like Many of today’s Preacher. ALL the Miracles and Mighty works the Lord has done for you was so that You could repent. I hope You are Repenting. Don’t wait for the Lord to rebuke You like He did to these cities.
Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes . But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, Will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”: Tyre and Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah were ungodly Gentile nations in the old testament. They didn’t have the privilege that these cities of Israel had. Jesus was saying If they had this privilege you people had today, they would have repented long ago. But since you people have this privilege of having the Son of God in your midst and seeing and partaking of His Miracles. In the day of Judgement, the People of Tyre and Sidon will be Judged by a Lesser standard than You. To whom more is given, more is expected. And to whom less is given, less is expected(Luke 12:48). This teaches us that not everyone will receive the same Judgement on that Day. It depends on how much God has given us privileges and opportunities to hear His Word. If you claim to know more than others, then your standard of Life must be Higher than others. It is amazing that when we hear of the message of Jesus and do not repent, our condition is worse than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. That is a Serious thing!!! Repentance is what God is calling His people to even Today. That is the Only adequate response we can make to the message and Gospel of Jesus Christ. For it would be more tolerable for non-Christians than for Christians on the Day of Judgement.
Dear Friend, are You still a Child Playing with Sand and Paper when You should have been Sons thinking of Heavenly riches and Treasures? Do you want a Preacher to dance in tune with what you love to Hear? Are you always finding Fault in Every Preacher? REPENT!! For to whom more is given, more is expected. May none of Us fall into the Judgement of God. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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