Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2019

“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 12:54 through Luke 13:5.

“And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.  And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way.  You hypocrites!  You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?

“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?  For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.  I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent.”

Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?  I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 12:54 through Luke 13:5.

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The Scripture for today’s devotion comes from two different chapters, because Luke 13:1-5 helps us understand the importance of Luke 12:54-59.

Jesus was teaching that just as the crowds thought it was important to be good at forecasting the weather, the crowds should also think it is important to be good at forecasting the coming of God’s wrath and judgment.

Just as the crowd used its forecast of the weather to prepare for the weather, the crowd should use its forecast of  God’s wrath and judgment to prepare for it by repentance.

Likewise, Jesus’ teaching about the wisdom of settlement was not just a practical tip on how to live better.  It was an illustration of how the crowd, recognizing the sign of coming of God’s wrath and judgment, should try to settle with God, so to speak, by repenting.

Let us be like the Ninevites who recognized the sign of the coming of God’s wrath and judgment and who prepared for it by repenting.

“Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk;  and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God;  and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.  When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes.  He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles:  Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing.  Do not let them eat or drink water.  But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth;  and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands.  Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”

When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them.  And He did not do it.”  Jonah 3:4-10.


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