"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"
Condemned By Others (Mt 12:41-42)
2. But Jesus also spoke of some rising at the judgment and condemning
a. The men of Nineveh condemning the generation of Jews in Jesus’
day – Mt 12:41
b. Likewise the Queen of the South – Mt 12:42
3. This makes me wonder…
a. Will there be some who will rise at the judgment to condemn us?
b. What would the men of Nineveh and the Queen of the South say
[Perhaps from Jesus’ words in Mt 12:41-42 we can glean some points that
ought to make us think soberly about our service to God, and whether we
too will be "Condemned By Others".
Let’s first notice what is said about…]
I. THE GENERATION OF JESUS’ DAY
A. TO BE CONDEMNED BY THE MEN OF NINEVEH…
1. This refers to the Ninevites in Jonah’s day – Mt 12:41
a. To whom Jonah was sent with a message of destruction
– Jonah 3:1-4
b. Who were quick to repent at the preaching of Jonah – Jonah 3:5-10
2. They will rise to condemn the Jews of Jesus’ day
a. Because the Ninevites repented….
1) And they were only given 40 days
2) While the Jews were given about 40 years (before the
destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70)
b. Because the Jews had one greater than Jonah preach to
1) Jonah was a reluctant prophet, who became angry when God
relented of the destruction to come upon Nineveh – Jonah 1:1-3;
Jonah 3:10; Jonah 4:1-3
2) Jesus was a compassionate prophet, who lamented over His
people Israel – cf. Mt 23:37-38; Lk 19:41-44
B. TO BE CONDEMNED BY THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH…
1. This refers to the Queen of Sheba – Mt 12:42
a. Who traveled great distances ("from the ends of the earth")
to see Solomon – 1 Kin 10:1
b. She brought a great caravan of spices, gold, and precious
stones – 1 Kin 10:2
c. Who praised God for the wisdom given to Solomon – 1 Kings 10:3-9
d. Who honored Solomon with great gifts – 1 Kin 10:10
2. She will rise to condemn the Jews of Jesus’ day
a. Because the Queen was willing to travel…
1) A great distance to see Solomon
2) While many Jews were unwilling to follow Jesus
b. Because the Jews had one greater than Solomon teach them…
1) Solomon certainly was the wisest man of his day – 1 Kin 4:29-34
2) But Jesus possessed "all the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge" – Col 2:3
[The Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba will judge the Jews of Jesus’ day
because they showed less interest and willingness to heed even though
they had a much greater opportunity. Again, this makes me wonder…]
II. HOW ABOUT OUR GENERATION TODAY?
A. WILL THE MEN OF NINEVEH CONDEMN US?
1. They were quick to repent after hearing the one message of
a. How many sermons have we heard, yet failed to repent?
b. They were given but forty days, how many years has God
given us to repent?
2. They repented when all they had was a simple message…
a. We have God’s full and final revelation, written and
preserved for us
b. We have God’s word, revealed through His Son and His
c. We have likely had the blessing of parents, teachers,
preachers, and many other Christians encouraging us to live
— If we do not heed the message of Jesus Christ, don’t you think
the Ninevites will consider us foolish on the day of judgment?
B. WILL THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH CONDEMN US?
1. She was willing to travel a great distance to hear Solomon…
a. Have we been unwilling to travel a short distance to hear
the words of Christ proclaimed?
b. She traveled on camels through desert for months at great
risk, yet some won’t travel in air-conditioned cars for an
hour or less when there is only minimal risk
2. She highly valued Solomon’s wisdom, giving great gifts to
a. Do we value the wisdom of the Son of God?
b. Are we willing to offer the gifts of our time and energy to
learn the wisdom of Christ as revealed in His word?
— If we are unwilling to learn the will of Christ for us today,
will not the Queen of Sheba consider us foolish on the day of
C. WILL EVEN MORE RECENT GENERATIONS CONDEMN US?
1. Think of those in the nineteenth century…
a. Who often traveled by wagon or horseback for hours to hear
b. Who sat on logs, in brush arbors or under tents
2. Think of those in the first half of the twentieth century…
a. Who sat in hot, un-airconditioned buildings
b. Who went to protracted meetings every night, often for
three or more weeks
3. Think of those who struggled to come out of Denominationalism
a. Studying God’s Word carefully to learn the simplicity of
New Testament Christianity
b. Often making the difficult decision to leave family and
friends to follow the way of Christ
— If we balk at attending services regularly, taking advantages
of gospel meetings and Bible studies offered in nice,
comfortable buildings, will not those who preceded us think us
foolish on the day of judgment?
1. As Jesus said to His disciples on another occasion: "But blessed are
your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly,
I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see
what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and
did not hear it." (Mt 13:17)
2. Indeed, we are richly blessed…
a. We have the message of salvation offered by One greater than
b. We have the wisdom of God taught by One greater than Solomon
— Don’t you think that the Ninevites and the Queen of the South
would have loved to have what we enjoy today?
3. Don’t forget the maxim: "For everyone to whom much is given, from
him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of
him they will ask the more." (Lk 12:48)
Unless we wish to be "Condemned By Others" on the day of judgment, let
us utilize the blessings given to us through Christ, and expend
whatever effort necessary to learn and heed His wonderful message!