MONDAY, JANUARY 14
Scripture: Luke 10:10-12
Jesus prepared and sent out the Seventy to go into all the cities He was planning on visiting. It is interesting that right after declaring they did not know what spirit they were of, Jesus tells them, “But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.” If we emphasize Luke 9:51-56, we make people utterly passive in the face of evil. But if we take Luke 10:10-12 in the context of Luke 9:51-56, we realize that there are times we must confront evil and declare God’s judgment on it. But which of the two responses rule our thinking? When is the last time we declared, where Jesus was not received, that there was a judgment and it would be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for those people? As we mature, we need to begin to think in these terms.