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Jesus Rejoices

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The rejoicing of Jesus is to be found in the words he spoke to his disciples and in his prayer to the Father. They were spoken in the Spirit, just as his commands in Matthew 28:18-20 (cf. Acts 1:1-2) were done in the Spirit. Jesus’ rejoicing arose out of his hearing that the demons were subject to his disciples (Luke 10:20). The disciples were warned not to rejoice in this thing, probably because it was an occasion for God alone to rejoice in. Rather, the disciples were to rejoice in the fact that their names were written in heaven, i.e. they were citizens of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, Jesus rejoiced, taking his pleasure in the news of Satan’s defeat.

Part of Jesus’ rejoicing had to do with his victory over his enemies. During the time of Jesus’ ministry, the wise and prudent (Luke 10:21b) spoke and worked against him. They exalted themselves in that they thought their plans and deeds were unknown to God. They drew near to God with their lips, but not their hearts, and they worshiped him according to the wisdom and tradition of men learned by rote (Isaiah 29:13-16). Jesus rejoiced in that the truth of God was hidden from these who opposed him.

In Luke 10:21 Jesus praised the Father as the “Lord of heaven and of earth” (Luke 10:21). The first time God is praised in connection with his being ruler of heaven and earth is in Genesis 14:19. There, Melchizedek blessed Abraham of “the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.” This occurred after his return from warring against the victor of the war against Sodom, that is, Chedorlaomer and the kings with him (Genesis 14:17). It seems that Abraham prayed for victory and vowed to God that he would take none of the spoils of the battle, if the God of heaven and earth would be with him in his effort to free Lot from being taken to Mesopotamia as part of the spoils of war (Genesis 14:22-24).

Before Abraham entered the land that the Lord promised him for a possession, the Lord was the God of heaven only (Genesis 24:7), but after Abraham entered the land, and especially after Abraham had fought in the name of the Lord (Genesis 14:17), the Lord was known as the Lord of heaven AND of earth. This seems to hold true that as long as Israel was in the land and worshiping God (Deuteronomy 10:14; Joshua 2:11; 2Kings 19:15; Isaiah 37:16), God was praised as “the Lord of heaven and of earth.” However, when Israel was not in the land, God was known only as “the Lord of heaven” (Genesis 24:7; 2Chronicles 36:23; Ezra 1:2; 5:12; 6:9, 10; 7:12, 21, 23; Nehemiah 1:4-5; 2:4, 20; Psalm 136:26; Daniel 2:18-19, 27, 44; 5:23).

The time of the Seventy’s return is very much like the return of Abraham after his battle with the kings of Mesopotamia. Jesus greeted the Seventy in the same manner that Melchizedek greeted Abram as he returned from rescuing Lot. It seems that the Seventy’s trust in Jesus is likened to Abraham’s trust in God. As long as there are worshipers of God in the Promised Land, God has a beachhead in the world, and he is Lord of heaven and of earth.

With this in mind, instead of revealing himself to the wise and prudent among the people, God chose to reveal himself to babes—the weak and immature among them, that is, to Jesus’ disciples (Luke 10:21c). This was done in order to shame Jesus enemies, the wise and the powerful among the people, and in order to take away the opportunity of boasting among men (1Corinthians 1:26-29). They exalted themselves against God, whether we are speaking of the Father or Jesus. They took pleasure in their own wisdom, power and discernment, as though, through these abilities, they were able to stand. They rejoiced in their own wisdom and power, while God was left out, except to acknowledge him with their lips and traditions, which they learned by rote.

On the other hand, the disciples of Jesus, the babes in Jesus prayer of praise to the Father, trusted him, and left their businesses etc. to follow him and act upon his wishes. These regarded neither what they possessed nor their own reputations among their families and friends. So, it was these to whom God chose to reveal himself.

Therefore, the favor with God doesn’t rest on knowing how to defend the faith or in knowing about God or about Christ. Rather, God’s favor is seen in the lives of those who know him, and those who know Christ, because, as Jesus claims in Luke 10:22, only the Father knows the Son and only the Son knows the Father. Consequently, if any person actually knows either the Father or the Son, it is because such knowing had been divinely revealed to him. That one is blessed with intimate knowledge of God, acquired only through the power and grace of God, himself, and in this Jesus found reason to rejoice!

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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4 responses to “Jesus Rejoices

  1. Dave White

    May 11, 2017 at 08:42

    Well said Eddie! Would you give us your definition of ‘demon’? I recognize your understanding of Satan and his demons is unconventional, and that’s OK. Your blogs make me think and research even if I don’t always agree!
    Blessings
    Dave

     
    • Eddie

      May 11, 2017 at 12:57

      Greetings Dave, and thanks for your question. I was worried that I might have turned you away due to my understanding of demons. I know some people I know on my facebook account are unhappy with me, but that’s okay, as long as I haven’t turned people off. I’d rather not speak of things like demons (even if I believe what I say is true) if it turns people off. There should be fellowship in matters concerning God’s word.

      According to my understanding, demons are spiritual matters. They are anything that takes control of our lives away from our will. When we haven’t the ability to change, we are controlled by a “demon” — a habit or an obsession etc. It could be and emotion like fear, something physical like drugs and alcohol etc., or lust for power, sexual gratification etc. I simply don’t believe they are living, sentient beings whom God permits to enter and take control of our bodies. I don’t see that in the Scriptures.

      I hope this satisfies your question. If not, don’t hesitate to ask for further clarification. Lord bless you Dave.

       
      • Dave White

        May 12, 2017 at 09:13

        Thank you for your concern. No this did not turn me away. Frankly I haven’t studied the issue in great depth other than the traditional teachings on this subject. I would grant you the following:

        Demons should not be used as an excuse for our own bad behavior or poor choices.

        One of the ways we are in the image of God is our ability to use logic, reasoning, and make decisions with free will.

        History teaches us that behaviors that were once thought to be of satan, or demonic, turn out to be mental illness.

        We clearly should not be looking for literal demons under every bush and blame them for every bad thing that happens. Immature Christians can easily blame them for all the bad things that happen to them.

        Nevertheless, my understanding of scripture coupled with my experiences with such things leads me to still recognize their existence. I ‘think’ that without demons we run the risk of giving satan too much credit; I do not believe he is omnipotent nor is he omniscient. However in all cases through Christ whether literal or personal, we have victory over them and they should hold no control over us and are not to be feared.

        Best
        Dave

         
        • Eddie

          May 12, 2017 at 09:40

          Greetings Dave. We agree a lot here, so there isn’t much room for further explanation. I will say this, though. I don’t believe the lack of demons, as living sentient beings, give Satan more credit than he deserves. I quite frankly don’t consider him all that powerful–more powerful than you and me, a given, but not as powerful as religious people seem to think he is. For example, I don’t believe he would know my name, much less want to tempt me with anything. Why would I be important enough to him to consider in his so-called battle against God. He would have to be a kind of ‘over all’ creature, not in the details. He’d be trying to tempt nations at the top levels of authority, but me and you? I don’t think he would have the time, much less the desire. :-)

          Anyway, that’s my take. I don’t like to give him credit for much at all. He gets too much pr from other folks. Lord bless you, Dave.

           

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