A Heartbreaking Puzzle
Read Matthew Chapter 10
Mt 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. 15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
What do we do with this passage? Jesus is sending His disciples out to deliver the good news of the gospel of salvation to the Jews, the “lost sheep of Israel as described in verse 6 (not shown). Verses 14-15 are troubling. Jesus’ instruction to the disciples was that there would be some who will not listen to the truth. Further, He ordered them to not waste any time with those people. When the Israelites refused the message, the disciples were to leave that home or town. That is a stark contrast to modern ways of thinking in the Christian world.
Today, we persist in spreading God’s word to those who have repeatedly refused to accept God and His instructions. I really don’t know how to reconcile the two thoughts. If Jesus said, “leave that home or town,” should we continue to continue pleading with those who refuse to listen? My experience has been that they who reject the truth will cut off communication with you if you are not willing to accept their lifestyle. Verse 15 is scary. It will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for anyone who will not listen. Let’s go further.
Mt 10:23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Jesus added this word. “If you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.” Here is another verse which would lead us to believe that there are some people who will never come around to the truth about God and His word. There are many things going on today which should break our hearts. This is another one. I just can’t give up on those men I have mentored who have returned to the gay world. Is it a waste of time for us to continue praying for them? Are we to give up on them and “leave that home or town?” What do we do?
Jesus said the fields are white unto the harvest. Where are those who are ready to harvest? I’ve seen only a few scattered crops ripe for picking. We need a lot of wisdom about this dilemma. Who needs to hear our message? Who will listen? What do we do with those who have heard it over and over?
There has to be a good reason that these verses were included in scripture:
Rev 22:11 Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”
Zec 11:8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them 9 and said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.”
I don’t like to think about it.
Prayer: Father, give us the wisdom we need to discern where to go with Your message. Give us the wisdom to know who to speak with and who we need to let go. It’s just too much for our finite minds. We don’t know unless You instruct us.