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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.