Posted by: Larry Hoekman | August 27, 2015

Daily Readings — The Unpardonable Sin!

Day 2157: May the Lord extend to you a full measure of His love today.

Scripture:  “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.” Matthew 11:23, 24

Thoughts/questions: This quote of Jesus is quite condemning, but illustrates what Jesus considers to be the sin of all sins. We sometimes label one sin as greater than another and Sodom was famous for its sexual misconduct, yet Ezekiel tells us that Sodom’s real issue was that it could have, but “did not help the poor and needy.”

And Jesus says that even with Sodom’s multiple shortcomings, Capernaum will have a worse fate than Sodom. Why? Capernaum was where Jesus lived during His ministry and could be called His ministry headquarters. They KNEW who Jesus claimed to be and were well aware of His supporting miracles, but did not repent!

Knowledge without repentance and self-sufficiency. These two rank at the VERY top of humanity’s shortcomings in its relationship with God and will not be pardoned in the day of judgment.

Worried about committing the unpardonable sin? Don’t be!  Judgment day is coming, but God forgives those who love Him, are humble, and who live a life of repentance! May our lives be characterized by these!

Suggested prayer: Father God, may I never live like I can make it on my own . . .

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