Sodom And Capernaum

Q. In Matthew 11:23 it says And you Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained till this day.

Jesus said this in Matthew and I was wondering. If God knew that if miracles would happen in Sodom that Sodom would remain then why did he not give Sodom a second chance? I believe God is a merciful God and a God of second chances so why did he not give Sodom a second chance?

A. Sodom was justly punished after the Lord paid a personal visit to the city to witness its sin first hand. (Genesis 18:20-21). Jesus was comparing the sin of Sodom to the sin of Capernaum. Through out history Sodom has been characterized as the ultimate in depravity. But even Sodom, had they been visited by the Messiah as Capernaum was, would have repented. Therefore the sin of Capernaum was worse by comparison.

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