Must Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The Past
was reading the scriptures the Lord kept nudging my heart. Saying unto me, “ I
gave a warning to my churches when I walked the earth. How much less should I
speak today. My churches have had the added blessing of my written word. Yet
they still commit the same sins. I have given an example of how to become more
like me. Yet they persist in becoming more like whom I came against. The
hardness of many hearts has not
allowed my word to be received in its fullness.”
Matt 11:20 Jesus began to upbraid the cities where he did most of His mighty
works. Upbraid is a very strong word used against the cities.
To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach; to cast in
the teeth; followed by with or for, before the thing imputed; as, to upbraid a
man for his folly or his intemperance.
do not upbraid us with our distress.
upbraided them with their unbelief. Matt.
use of to and of, after upbraid, as to upbraid a man of his gain by iniquity, to
upbraid to a man his evil practices, has been long discontinued.]
To reproach; to chide.God who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not. James 1.
To reprove with severity.Then he began to upbraid the cities wherein most
of his mighty works were done - Matt. 11.
To bring reproach on.How much doth thy kindness upbraid my wickedness!
To treat with contempt. Obs.
Bethsaida a city in Galilee and Chorazin mighty works were done. Many were
healed and freed from demonic torments. The blind man was healed.(Mark 8:22-23)
This was Andrew, Peter and Philips native city.(John 1:44 & 12:21) The
feeding of the nearly 5000 followers of Christ occurred here as well. The name
Bethsaida translates in Greek as a place of nets. Jesus tells us many mighty
works were done before these people. Yet they received not the love of the
truth. They repented not to of the sins Jesus came to condemn.
11:20 Then began he to upbraid the
cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe
unto thee, 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
11:22 But I say unto you, It shall
be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
himself performed the miracles, yet they refused to receive the truth. Here
another strong word is used against them. He says woe to them. This word has
intensity of warning. We all are aware Tyre and Sidon were destroyed by the hand
3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do
with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a
recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your
recompence upon your own head;
3:5 Because ye have taken my silver
and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
3:6 The children also of Judah and
the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove
them far from their border.
people sold Gods chosen people into slavery and corrupted those things deemed
holy by the Lord.Yet, more tolerance will be given to them at judgment. The sins
of Bethsaida and Chorazin were counted greater because they had the benefit of
seeing the son of God perform miracles in their midst.
11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which
art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works,
which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained
until this day.
11:24 But I say unto you, That it
shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for
we see the Lord again upbraid the people of Capernaum. He speaks against them
with an even greater charge. They have exalted themselves unto heaven. Pride in
their ability brought them to a point of not even needing the Lord. Again Jesus
points out mighty works were done there. He compares these people to Sodom and
Gomorra. The word tells us the sins of Sodom and Gomorra were vial and wicked.
Men had left the natural affection to burn towards one another with lust. All
manner of wickedness without boundaries was in their midst. Yet the pride of
Capernaum would be judged more harshly.
you study the spiritual significance of Capernaum, you find it was a very
important cornerstone location for Jesus. His headquarters was established there
(Matt 4:13-17). Six separate miracles were performed here. Including the healing
of the centurions servant (matt 8:5-13), the nobleman’s son (John 4:46-54),
the demoniac was freed (Mark 1:21-28) Peters mother-in-laws fever was rebuked
(Matt 8:14-17) and the paralytic was able to walk (Matt 9:1-8). Also many other
diseases were cured (Matt 8:16-17). Among the mightiest messages of Jesus was
The Bread of Life sermon preached there. John 6:24-71)And Mark 9:33-50
of the mouth of Jesus judgment is promised to these cities. Why then do we
commit the same evils. The hardness of their hearts did not allow them to see
and be healed. They continued in contempt coming against Jesus in every way.
Speaking evil of what they knew not. Using the word as a weapon trying to
ensnare him in His words. Coveting position and stature to gain the glory of
men. Standing in the synagogues promoting the respect of persons. Belittling the
followers of the Lord. Bitterness, fear, jealousies and envies were commonplace.
The scribe, Pharisees and hypocrites were found on every corner professing their
holiness. These people were blessed
to see firsthand the works of Jesus. Yet they are condemned by the mouth of
Jesus. Many of our modern churches also can speak of seeing the mighty works of
the hand of the Lord. Being recipient of a miracle of God does not promise
redemption. It is a choice to walk by the word exhibiting the fruit of
us not loose sight of how Jesus spoke against these people with disdain. We must
learn where the error occurred and not make the same mistakes. It is time for us
to humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God. Before He brings us down
according to His word.
us each look at our own trees. Judge according to the word to see if we
ourselves posses the fruit of the Spirit. Not looking around at each other
faults and in self exhalation. But inspecting our own hearts motives. The Lord
looks at the inward man not the outward adorning. He desires us to grow into His
sons and daughters so we may inherit the fullness of the kingdom.
we grow from being under tutors and governors we will not inherit what the Lord
desires. It is an important time in the sanctification of the Body. Time to look
inward at even our smallest motives. Not looking to the right or left. But
inward. Asking the Lord to remove all darkness which would hinder His desire in
does not diminish the need for intense intercession. It is a bilateral work
being done. As we grow closer to the Lord through obedience in intercession the
transformation into His image will come automatically. Again not by works but by
fellowship with the Father.
11:28 Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light.
In HIS Service,