What Jesus Did! 'Worse than Sodom?' — Luke 10:12

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"I tell you, on the judgment day it will be worse for the people of that town than for the people of Sodom."
— Luke 10:12
Illustration of Luke 10:12 — "I tell you, on the judgment day it will be worse for the people of that town than for the people of Sodom."

Key Thought

Jesus is trying to help his disciples understand the dire consequences for those who reject his message. For those from Jewish heritage, there is no worse example of evil than the city of Sodom. Nor is there any more powerful example of God's judgement for rejecting a chance to leave that wickedness than Sodom. Jesus wants it made clear, that to reject him, his messengers, and his message is to be worse than Sodom and to choose a fate worse than Sodom. This sobering truth should make us realize how precious the message of Jesus is to the lost world's salvation ... and our own!

Today's Prayer

Father, in a world of relativism where the only value seems to be to despise those with values, please help me know with both my mind and heart the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Never let me take it lightly. Never let me take for granted the need others have to know your Son as their Lord, but instead, help me to do something to help others come to know your Son as their Savior. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

After this, the Lord (Jesus) chose 72 more men. Jesus sent the men out in groups of two. He sent them ahead of him into every town and place where he planned to go. Jesus said to them, "There are many, many people to harvest (save). But there are only a few workers to help harvest them. God owns the harvest (people). Pray to God that he will send more workers to help gather his harvest. You can go now. But listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. Don't carry any money, a bag, or shoes. Don't stop to talk with people on the road. Before you go into a house, say, 'Peace be with this home.' If a peaceful person lives there, your blessing of peace will stay with him. If the person is not peaceful, then your blessing of peace will come back to you. Stay in the peaceful house. Eat and drink what the people there give you. A worker should be given his pay. Don't leave that house to stay in another house. If you go into a town and the people welcome you, eat the food they give you. Heal the sick people that live there. Then tell them, 'The kingdom of God is soon coming to you!' But if you go into a town, and the people don't welcome you, then go out into the streets of that town and say, 'Even the dirt (dust) from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. But remember that the kingdom of God is coming soon.' I tell you, on the judgment day it will be worse for the people of that town than for the people of Sodom. "It will be bad for you, Chorazin ! It will be bad for you, Bethsaida ! I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Tyre and Sidon, then the people in those cities would have changed their lives and stopped sinning a long time ago. They would have worn sackcloth and put ashes on themselves to show that they were sorry for their sins. But on the judgment day it will be worse for you than for Tyre and Sidon. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the place ofdeath! "When a person listens to you, that person is really listening to me. But when a person refuses to accept you, that person is really refusing to accept me. And when a person refuses to accept me, he is refusing to accept the One (God) that sent me." When the 72 men came back from their trip, they were very happy. They said, "Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we used your name!" Jesus said to the men, "I saw Satan (the devil) falling like lightning from the sky. Listen! I gave you power to walk on snakes and scorpions. I gave you more power than the Enemy (the devil) has. Nothing will hurt you. Yes, the spirits obey you. And be happy. Why? Not because you have this power, but be happy because your names are written in heaven."

Luke 10:1-20

Related Scripture Readings

The two men said to Lot, "Are there any other people from your family living in this city? Do you have any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any other people from your family here? If so, then you should tell them to leave now. We are going to destroy this city. The Lord heard how evil this city is, so he sent us to destroy it." So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, the men who had married his {other} daughters. Lot said, "Hurry and leave this city! The Lord will soon destroy it!" But those men thought Lot was joking. The next morning at dawn, the angels were trying to make Lot hurry. They said, "This city will be punished. So take your wife and your two daughters who are still with you and leave this place. Then you will not be destroyed with the city." But Lot was confused {and did not hurry to leave}. So the two men (angels) held the hands of Lot and his wife and his two daughters. The two men led Lot and his family out of the city safely. The Lord was kind to Lot and his family. So the two men brought Lot and his family out of the city. After they were out, one of the men said, "Now run to save your life! Don't look back at the city. And don't stop any place in the valley. Run until you are in the mountains. If you stop, then you will be destroyed with the city!" But Lot said to the two men, "Sirs, please don't force me to run so far! You have been very kind to me, your servant. You have been very kind to save me. But I can't run all the way to the mountains. What if I am too slow and something happens? I will be killed! Look, there is a very small town near here. Let me run to that town. I can run to that town and be safe." The angel said to Lot, "Fine. I'll let you do that. I won't destroy that town. But run there fast. I can't destroy Sodom until you are safely in that town." (That town is named Zoar, because it is a small town.) Lot was entering Zoar just as the sun was coming up. At the same time, the Lord began to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lordcaused fire and burning sulfur to fall out of the sky from the Lord. So the Lord destroyed those cities. The Lord destroyed the whole valley—all the plants and all the people living in the cities.

Genesis 19:12-25

{This is true,} but the Lord All-Powerful did allow a few people to continue living. We were not completely destroyed like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:9

The sin of the daughter of my people was very great. Their sin was greater than the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed suddenly. No human hand caused that destruction.

Lamentations 4:6


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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