Calling Fire down on the Samaritan!!!
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village……… Luke 9:51-56
In our last study, we saw Jesus rebuking John for trying to forbid a Man that was casting out demons in the name of Jesus just because He was not following their Group. Teaching us to appreciate other people’s ministry even if it is different from ours. We don’t have to Join another ministry but learn to appreciate others for what they are doing in the name of the Lord. And if you feel they are doing it in the wrong way, warn those who you have responsibility for any leave the stick to your own ministry. Here we read another wrong attitude displayed by James and John by requesting on Judgement for those that did not receive them as Christ Disciples.
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. : It is interesting to see Jesus attitude in His journey to Jerusalem. He knew that His time of suffering and death had come, yet He set His face steadfastly to go there. There was a time fixed for the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus, and He knew well enough when it was, and had a clear and foresight of it. He knew the time was short so He was so busy going around doing good. This should be our attitude as we journey on Earth knowing fully that our time is short. Let us therefore be diligent to finish what the Lord has given us to do. Notice also that When Jesus saw His death and sufferings approaching, he looked through them and beyond them, to the glory that should follow he looked upon it as the time when he should be received up into glory received up into the highest heavens, to be enthroned there. Moses and Elias spoke of His death as his departure out of this world, which made it not formidable but he went further, and looked upon it as His translation to a better world, which made it very desirable. We must look at Death in the same way Jesus did, and call it our being received up, to be with Christ where He is and, when the time of our being received up is at hand, let us lift up our heads, knowing that our redemption draws nigh and where Jesus is, there we will also be.
And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem: This is shocking!!! Jesus had gone to the Village of Samaria before and there was a great revival in that village. You remember the Woman at the well of Samaria went to the village shouting that, “Come and see the Man who told me all that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”. And we read that the whole city came to Jesus and believed in Him(John 4:39-42). So now we would have thought that now again that Jesus was coming to Samaria to pass through it , they would have been glad and accepted Him with singing and dancing but they did not receive Him. Have you had that experience? When you go to a place probably a Church and they receive You with Joy but after some time, they don’t want to see you again. I perceived because of the Revival in Samaria, some of the Samaritan were converted and started going to Jerusalem to Worship and it probably disturbed the majority of their Elders that others are being converted and leaving their dead religious group. So they were like, “if we accept this Jesus and His teachings, many will leave our group and starts worshiping in Jerusalem”. This is still happening even today. Churches that once receive us and gave us opportunities to ministry to their members now reject us simply because our messages are leading their members to know the truth. And they are afraid that once they know the truth, they will be forced to leave such dead group. Let us therefore never get discouraged when people fall to receive us and our message. We are walking in our Master’s Footsteps!!!
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” : what are we to do when we are rejected by people? Are we to call down God’s Judgement and Curses upon them? This was what James and John wanted to do!!! They were like, “Lord Look at this godless good for nothing backsliders!!!. Let’s call down the Fire of God upon them!!!” How can they reject You? A whole You Jesus!!! You the great Teacher!!! You the Mighty one in battle!!! Haven’t they heard all the Miracles you did? Haven’t they heard how you walked upon the Sea? Which of the Old Prophets did the signs you did. Even ordinary Elijah that once called fire down on the those that tried to arrest Him cannot be compared with You(2 King 1:10-12). Lord, Let us call down fire on them!!! ” Is this your attitude to those who rejects you and your ministry? Is this your attitude towards your enemies? Do you desire to call down fire on people? Then you are not different from James and John. And open your heart to hear what Jesus has to say to all those who pray for Judgement against those who did not accept them.
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. : Does the Lord has to say the same to a lot of people even today? Does the Lord has to turn to you and say, “You don’t know the kind of Spirit that is in You for wishing that Your enemies are dead!!!” Does the Lord has to say to a Church that calls fire down on people that are against them, “This is not the Spirit of Christ!!!!” All those who call down fire on people do not have the Spirit of Christ!!! All those who wish for Judgement against their enemies should hear what Jesus says to them, “You don’t know the kind of Spirit that is in you!!! You may think it is the Holy Spirit, but you are only deceiving yourself!!!” The Holy spirit will lead you to obey and remember what Jesus has taught in His Word. What Jesus taught us is, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” You may say, “But Elijah did it!!!”. Well, are you a follower of Elijah? Is Elijah the Author and Finisher of your faith? Elijah was a Man living under the old Covenant. There are some things that were permitted. They were allowed to kill their enemies. The Holy spirit was not yet poured out into Man’s Heart. Man’s Heart was generally hard. Hear Me once again!!!, If you wish that Evil happen to someone who is against You or who rejects you, then here the Word of the Lord, “You don’t know the Kind of Spirit that is in you!!! It is a very terrible, Spirit different from the Holy Spirit!!!
For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village: Hear this, Does your enemies needs to be saved? Are your enemies part of those whom the Lord died for? Then why do you want to destroy the Lives of those whom the Lord came to save? A Man without faith in the Promises of God will say, “well, my enemies are trying to destroy me, so I have to quickly destroy them first”. I laugh when I hear such silly excuses and justification!!! Haven’t You read? If God be for You, who can be against You?(Romans 8:31)? God is Almighty!!! He makes all things to work out for Good for those who love Him(Romans 8:28). Don’t hinder God’s work because of your lack of faith in God’s promises. Don’t destroy the lives of those whom the Lord came to save because of your wrong Spirit. If someone does not accept you, just Humble yourself like Jesus did and go to another village.
Dear Friend, Don’t call Judgement on your enemies and those who are against you. Don’t destroy the lives of those whom the Lord came to save. Don’t be against the work of God. Don’t have a Wrong Spirit that is different from the Spirit of Christ. Let the Holy Spirit shed the Love of God and people in your heart. Don’t stand before the Lord to face rebuke. Don’t let the Lord say to You, “You are part of those who was busy destroying the lives of those for whom I died”. He who has ears, let him hear. May the Lord give us a large heart to receive those who are against us and pray for our enemies to be saved instead of being destroyed.(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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Calling Fire down on the Samaritan!!!