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Given the Chance (Matthew 11:20-24)

Introductory Thoughts

There is a Bible principle stated quite succinctly: “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). This applies to individuals, but likewise to nations. During the Lord’s earthly ministry, He rebuked some of the cities because of their unwillingness to repent after having witnessed His mighty works. No doubt, some nations have seen more of the Lord’s mighty works than others. This is both a blessing and a curse. Those nations who have witnessed an abundance of the goodness and power of God are accountable for all that they have known and experienced. As stated by Christ, if God would have done the wonders among those in Tyre, Sidon, or Sodom that He did when Christ walked this earth, those nations would have been more faithful than His chosen people who witnessed so much. Every nation and people has a responsibility to be the right type of an ambassador of God’s truth.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The Jewish nation had seen the Lord's works, heard His wisdom, and still refused to repent and believe (Acts 2:22-23; Matthew 13:54; Matthew 12:41-42). Pharaoh saw mighty works, but because of his attitude, Egypt was ruined and he lost his life (Exodus 5:2; Psalm 105:26-38; Exodus 10:7; Exodus 14:13, 28).
  • (For everyone): Has your country seen the mighty works of God? What have you done with this knowledge? Has it mostly been ignored?
  • Name some countries (or people groups) mentioned in scripture which fell because of the judgment of God. Did those countries know about God like your country does? How does this make your country more accountable?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to give you a heart for the people in your country.
  • Ask God to open the eyes of your country to His mighty works.