Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Morning Bible Study: Luke 10:13-16

Unrepentant Towns
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 
14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 
15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades. 

16 Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”


Commentary

(the following is from Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary, 1706 -- www.christianity.com)


"The particular doom of those cities wherein most of Christ's mighty works were done, which we had, Mt. 11:20, etc. Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, all bordering upon the sea of Galilee, where Christ was most conversant, are the places here mentioned. 
  • [1.] They enjoyed greater privileges. Christ's mighty works were done in them, and they were all gracious works, works of mercy. They were hereby exalted to heaven, not only dignified and honored, but put into a fair way of being happy; they were brought as near heaven as external means could bring them. 
  • [2.] God's design in favoring them thus was to bring them to repentance and reformation of life, to sit in sackcloth and ashes, both in humiliation for the sins they had committed, and in humility and a meek subjection to God's government. 
  • [3.] Their frustrating this design, and their receiving the grace of God therein in vain. It is implied that they repented not; they were not wrought upon by all the miracles of Christ to think the better of him, or the worse of sin; they did not bring forth fruits agreeable to the advantages they enjoyed. 
  • [4.] There was reason to think, morally speaking, that, if Christ had gone to Tyre and Sidon, Gentile cities, and had preached the same doctrine to them and wrought the same miracles among them that he did in these cities of Israel, they would have repented long ago, so speedy would their repentance have been, and that in sackcloth and ashes, so deep would it have been. Now to understand the wisdom of God, in giving the means of grace to those who would not improve them, and denying them to those that would, we must wait for the great day of discovery. 
  • [5.] The doom of those who thus receive the grace of God in vain will be very fearful. They that were thus exalted, not making use of their elevation, will be thrust down to hell, thrust down with disgrace and dishonor. They will thrust in to get into heaven, in the crowd of professors [those who profess, avow, declare], but in vain; they shall be thrust down, to their everlasting grief and disappointment, into the lowest hell, and hell will be hell indeed to them. 
  • [6.] In the day of judgment Tyre and Sidon will fare better, and it will be more tolerable for them than for these cities."

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Morning Bible Study: Luke 10:1-12

Sending Out the Seventy-Two
10:1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 

He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. 
Now go; I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves. 
Don’t carry a money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals; don’t greet anyone along the road. 
Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ 
If a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 
Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for the worker is worthy of his wages. Don’t move from house to house. 
When you enter any town, and they welcome you, eat the things set before you. 
Heal the sick who are there, and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’ 
10 When you enter any town, and they don’t welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 
11 ‘We are wiping off even the dust of your town that clings to our feet as a witness against you. Know this for certain: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 
12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town."


Commentary

(the following is from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary, 1706 -- www.christianity.com)


"Christ sent the seventy [seventy-two] disciples, two and two, that they might strengthen and encourage one another. 

The ministry of the gospel calls men to receive Christ as a Prince and a Savior; and he will surely come in the power of his Spirit to all places whither he sends his faithful servants. But the doom of those who receive the grace of God in vain, will be very fearful Those who despise the faithful ministers of Christ, who think meanly of them, and look scornfully upon them, will be reckoned as despisers of God and Christ."