Were they worse sinners?

Luke Bible Background

04.11.2019 – New Testament: Luke 13.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 13.1–21 on April 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Some people told Jesus what Pilate had done to the Galileans, killing them while they sacrificed to God:

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Did they report with the implication that those Galileans were worse sinners than Galileans who had not suffered the same fate? It sounds like it from the response of Jesus:

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

He then mentioned another incident from which people were concluding the same thing, but Jesus again refuted that thinking:

“Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

– Luke 13.1–5

He said the same thing, that repentance applied to everyone then living, and since He made a universal principle of it, we must say that it applies to us also, that we must repent, otherwise we will perish.

Questions:

  • Do you want to perish?
  • If not, do you know what to do?

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