Luke 10:13-20 (ESV)
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
When Jesus sent out the twelve in Chapter 9, He specifically gave them powers. We know that they lost those powers when they returned, because they failed to cast out a demon later.
But this time is different.
“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
The Greek word translated as “have given” here is in the perfect tense, which denotes completed action with an abiding result. In other words, the authority they were given is still good.
So, not only did Jesus send out six times as many missionaries this time but they got to keep their powers. That’s a lot of progress.
Satan’s not having a great week.
This passage starts out with some strong words about God’s judgment on cities that reject Him. That’s pretty scary stuff when you think about some of the ways the US is wandering from the truth and from God.
Yet, we know that He cares about all people and appreciates repentance. We learned this from Jonah, when God spared Nineveh after they repented.
Please pray that the Lord will continue to bless our great nation. Pray that He will provide a path to repentance without the usual calamitous disciplining.
Also ask God to teach us how to be better witnesses for Him.
We haven’t done that well lately.
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