Daily D – Luke 11:31-32
Luke 11:31, 32
“The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen. The people of Nineveh will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.” (NLT)
“On Judgment Day the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that condemns this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’” (MSG)
Some stories delight people from generation to generation. They capture attention. They bear wisdom. They send minds on fantastic journeys.
When stories like these linger long in popular imagination, it can be hard to hear new truth greater than what has been celebrated so long. New truth feels threatening somehow.
Jesus, Immanuel, God with Us, stood among his people. They were more interested in remembering yesterday’s tales of glory than seeing the Glorious One before them. A greater story than Solomon and the Queen of Sheba was playing out before them. A greater story than Jonah the Submariner and Pouting Preacher was fully displayed in living color, and people responded indifferently.
Well-worn grooves resist attempts to refill them.
Blind eyes fluttered open. Withered hands grasped tools. A dead son and daughter were restored to life. Miracle bread fed thousands upon thousands more than once. Storms were silenced. Water was walked on. Lepers were healed. Words of truth and life were changing hearts and minds. And yet the people preferred their old, old stories to the one this demoncaster was living among them.
A Greater Preacher than Jonah, a Greater Wise Man than Solomon spoke words of truth and life, and those words fell on deaf ears.
The question is, are we listening, really listening? Are we learning, really learning? Are we responding with changed lives?
Greater than any story ever told, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We dare not miss this Good News. We dare not let this Good News become another old story of song and lore. This is the story Greater Than any other. This is the Greater Than Savior the whole world needs.
I will tell the story of Jesus who is Greater Than.
Our Father, thank you for giving us a story Greater Than all other stories. Thank you for giving us life Greater Than every other lifestyle. Thank you for giving us truth Greater Than any words confidently declared in classrooms and speaker’s podiums. Thank you for your Son our Savior who is Greater Than all, everything, and anything to come. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”