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Lesson # Luke 4:41-44
Study Material - Luke 4:41-44
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41 And demons also were coming out of many, crying out and saying, 'You are the Son of God!' And rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ. 42 And when day came, He departed and went to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. 43 But He said to them, 'I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.' 44 And He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Demons were coming out at the rebuke of Christ. Remember that they were coming out in rage, with attempted violence toward their host whom they had indwelled. Their shouts were not so much a recognition of Christ, as to who He was, but more of a ridicule and rage against Him, Christ, because He was here on earth in the form of man to settle the prophecy concerning the terms of sin and death once and for all. And not for these fallen angels, but for mankind. Man was looked on as an inferior being, certainly in their (the demons) view of things. We were made lower than the angels, but will one day be elevated to positions higher than the angels. Thus they were bitter.
The angels did not and do not have the option of believing in Christ. They fell in their time. Rebelled against God, knowing full well who He was, what He was capable of, knowing His true character, essence, authority over all of creation, power, fairness, etc., etc., etc. Yet these fallen angels rejected God seeking to be gods of their own design and fantasy.
God has given each one of us an opportunity to be saved, therefore, since God is consistent, we can safely assume that God gave these angels an opportunity for an extremely long period of time, to change their minds and resume their positions on His side of righteousness. They refused to do even that, and it all came to a judgment trial, and a sentencing - the lake of fire. Which, by the way, the sentence has not yet been carried out.
Now it is mans time. Gods message is to mankind. That is why he came to earth to save man, and to promoter His message, Bible doctrine. Again, He did not come here to fill our genie wish lists, but to get us prepared for eternity. That is where we will all be spending near 100% of our total life span. Better to do it in heaven than in the lake of fire. Also, better to spend it, eternity, as exceedingly blessed mature believers, than to spend it as immature believers with far less blessing. Maturity has to do with what we do in our spiritual lives here on this earth - ie. preparation in our spiritual life and advancing us to the fulness of our spiritual life, if you want to think of it in that manner, thus qualifying us for those greater blessings of eternity. In eternity, maturity will not be an issue. This is why study in this earthly life is so important.
The demons cried out in rage, in ridicule, and Christ rebuked them. Their spiritual futures have already been decided. The do not have a viable, nor are they a legitimate witness with regard to Christ.
The early morning, while it was still dark, so says Mark, came and Christ went away from the crowd. Where they crowd desires His wisdom, Christ remains, but where they crowd desires the works of miracles (miracles do not provide nor promote spiritual growth), then Christ will remove Himself to other regions where positive volition exists.
The crowd searched for him, but for the wrong reasons. His statement makes it clear. He is here to teach the Kingdom of God. What is that? That is your spiritual life, and after life in heaven with God for all of eternity.
People, the Jews as we see here, but this also includes gentiles because Capernaum was a mixed society of both Jew and gentile. It was a trade center of sorts. But anyway, the Jews are in view here for the teaching of this lesson. Jesus went throughout all of Judea. The word Judea refers to the nation in general. He was actually north of the region known as Judea.
Think back to the time of Abraham. He was referred to, not as a Jewish person, but as a Hebrew. Hebrew is the son of Eber, or one, or those who have crossed over. The Israelites crossed over the Red Sea. They crossed over the Jordan River. The crossing over signifies their transition from unbeliever on the one side, to salvation, or saved, on the other side. It refers to immaturity on the one side, and crossing over into the promised land, to maturity, through spiritual growth.
Somewhere along the line the Israelites became Jewish. A definition of their own design, a rejection of Gods design and the manufacturing of their own rules to replace those of God. The Old Testament is a long story of the constant rejection of God by the Israelites.
The nation of Israel is a reference to Gods people. Who are Gods people? Those who believe in Christ. Are all Jews Gods people? No. Are all gentiles gods people? No. Are all people who believe in Christ Gods people? Yes. Gods people are born of spiritual faith, not of physical procreation.
Gods word is taught to His people and only His people. Only saved people have an opportunity and the mechanisms (salvation, human spirit, fellowship) to grow up spiritually. His gospel of salvation is taught to all peoples, giving everyone an opportunity to become a part of His people, His nation.
The Jews had things all mixed up because they had been overcome with their rules (no work on the Sabbath), and other rituals which they detached from the things that the rituals were intended to teach (Bible doctrine). The Jewish peoples were waiting for the Kingdom, but not of God, but of the new Israel, their Israel, their earthly human kingdom, which they wanted to 'show' those Romans and other gentiles just how special and privileged they (the Jews) were. Thus the arrogance and misguided teachings of Judaism.
Everyone of us in our life have been misguided to some degree. This is not a thing that is confined to the Jewish population. We all fail. I was in the car today, and heard a talk show conversation where a man called in to complain about the host speaking of the recent rescue of those nine miners, as a miracle. The caller was angry that God could be used in this case to have had brought a miracle about, and there was so much trouble and suffering in the world that 'God' doesn't seem to do anything about. The caller was really hateful and down on Christians, calling them hypocrites and liars, etc. The talk show was a news talk show not a religious show. So his comments were really kind of way of the subject being discussed. I generally only listen to these types of shows when I am in the truck.
That man is in for a hard life, me thinks. Anyway, his attitude was so subjective, and judgmental, and so transparent. He blamed God and Christians alike, for the problems in the world. No mention of free choice which we all have, to make our own decisions even bad ones. And which God allows us the freedom to make.
God has all the facts. He knows what everyone thinks and will think throughout their lifetime. He knows what is best for each one of us. People who get all riled up over their hardships and focus on those hardships, become bitter and in extreme danger of losing sight of the truth of life. Sure we all have had a raw deal dealt to us from time to time. Some from birth, others through a marriage gone bad, others through an accident , still others through the environment they grew up in, and so forth. There is no shortage of problems that we can face throughout our life.
The issue in life is not our problems, nor even their solution. There are two issues in life. First, as an unbeliever, the issue is, 'What do you think of Christ?' And that is the only issue in life until you actually believe in Christ. The second issue, once you have believed in Christ, is, 'What do you think of Bible doctrine?'
The first issue requires but one decision, a positive decision to get it behind you. The second issue is a daily issue, one of daily study and spiritual growth. This second issue lasts you for the rest of your life.
You can be bitter all of your life and that will gain you nothing. How does bitterness and anger help you anyway? It will in fact lose you your great rewards in eternity, and even many blessings during this life. Who does this to you? You do it to yourself. God does nothing but give you a lot of rope with which to hang yourself. And many a folk do just that, and even with their enthusiastic (stubborn) bitterness toward life.
Each one of us can be our own greatest enemy, or we can be our own greatest asset. The choice (there is that word) is yours. Don't focus on the miracles (the answer to wishes), but instead focus on the real meat of your life, your spiritual life. From that spiritual growth (comes real preparation for that which you really want and need), then all things (problems, good things, etc.) will all come together for a better life and in due course.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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