In the following passage from Luke 10 Jesus is telling the disciples that they have been given tremendous power, but not to rejoice because they have the power to tread on serpents and scorpions and the full force of the enemy.
This warning is against rejoicing because the spirits are subject to them but only because their names are written in heaven.
He is talking about the tremendous responsibility and not to become prideful at even the ability to see and deal with evil. To rejoice would be walking too thin of a line and falling into the trap of becoming prideful at what they are doing , then thinking they themselves are doing it.
In verse 21, Jesus, even in the awesome power He had been given ,rejoiced ,but not that it was His will but His fathers will. He took no credit but gave all credit to His fathers glory. He saw and understood that fine line that was there and would not be tempted by it and also was warning others of it.
Just for a moment, think about how you would react if you were told you had the power to tread on serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy. How would you react? Could you keep your focus on everything being Gods will or would you fall victim to pride? Maybe that is why we haven’t been granted that awesome responsibility, He knows that inevitably it would lead to our downfall and is protecting us from a greater evil, spiritual pride.
Jesus had to deal with those that were spiritually prideful all the time. They were the ones that eventually put him to death. Even though He performed miracle right in front of them, they were blind to who He was. That is the spiritual pride He may be protecting us from?
Vs 18, Jesus said “I have observed Satan fall like lightening from the sky”
Wasn’t that was lead to Satins downfall, pride?
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning 8 from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 9 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
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