This generation is an evil generation

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. Luke 11:29-32

Jesus did not pull any punches when it came to the Jewish people who were witnesses to His ministry. It seemed that no matter what miracles Jesus did and no matter how authoritative His teachings were that generation refused to believe. They continued to ask for more and more signs that Jesus was the Messiah. It seems that no signs or miracles would be enough. Once again Jesus compares the people of His day to the gentile peoples of ages ago. This time it is Nineveh. Until it was destroyed in 612 BC Nineveh was one of the largest and most powerful cities in ancient Mesopotamia. It was a religious center for the worship of the goddess Ishtar. It was to this pagan city that God sent the prophet Jonah to preach God’s Word.

Most of us remember the story of how Jonah refused to go and tried to run away from God. The city of Nineveh was so wicked that God had its destruction planed but told Jonah to go and preach of the coming destruction.  Jonah refused and got passage on a ship going in the opposite direction. The ship runs into a great storm and Jonah tells the crew to throw him into the sea in order to stop the storm. it is then that Jonah is swallowed by a great fish. Jonah remains in the fish for three days only to be deposited on the shores  near Nineveh.

Jonah does what God commanded and preaches to the Ninevites and we are told “and the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” (Jonah 3:5-10 ESV)

The pagan city of Nineveh heard the preaching of the prophet Jonah and repented of the wicked ways and fasted praying for God to have mercy on them. The Jews, God’s people, saw and heard Jesus the Messiah perform miracles and teach the Word of God with authority and yet they refused to believe. Jesus told them that “the men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” Even after Jesus was resurrected many, in fact most refused to believe even though the most amazing miracle in all creation happened in their presence. How much more will this generation be judged that after we have God’s completed revelation so many refuse to believe.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to This generation is an evil generation

  1. Thank you David, a powerful message both from you and also confirmed in the Scriptures and one that I have thanked God for because I was able to confirm Jesus crucifixion being on Good Friday and not earlier as some claim but also the importance of not taking God’s blessings for granted, His Miracles and His signs and wonders.

    In the time of Noah there was no repentance only evil in the minds of all those on earth except Noah, so God mercifully stepped in to put an end to what would have continued and got worse and this was the same with Nineveh but thankfully they repented.

    I don’t think I would have enjoyed being in the belly of a big fish for three days like Jonah, I’m sure he couldn’t even light a candle but it did save his life. I’m sure Jesus would have rather not suffered on the cross too, He said to God The Father, was there another way but He Loved God and us too enough to suffer and die even though we were evil, so we would not only be set free from our past sins but to save us from the Slavery and suffering of our future sins, as we see confirmed in the Scripture below.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers/sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God.

    Thank you David and many Blessings in Christ Jesus – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    Thanks Anne for your comments.. I agree with you, spending three days in a fish would not be my idea of a good time but God will not be denied. Nothing we can do will derail His plan. Have a blessed day, David

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