Above and Beyond
Luke 10:19 says “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Spiritually speaking, life is a battlefield. Most of the battles that we fight are not “of the flesh”, meaning they don’t have to do with things in the natural, but instead, they are spiritual battles. (Ephesians 6:12)
As soldiers, God gives us armor and weapons (Ephesians 6:13-18) and he gives us the power to use the artillery he has given us. In this passage in Luke, serpents are symbolic of Satan, (Rev 12:9; Gen 3:1-14) and scorpions are symbolic of evil spirits/evil men. (Rev 9:1-5; 9:10)
No matter what we face, we can be encouraged that through Christ, we have authority and dominion over negative influence we encounter. Amen?
I just finished reading the section assigned to the fourth day of B90X. One of the things I so enjoy about reading so much day after day is how I can make connections between characters and actions many chapters back. Since we read so quickly, links and associations are easily made. I can remember what one person said and how that affects what may be happening with someone else. Does this feeling occur in anyone else?
Is anyone else noticing all the ‘firsts’ in the Bible? Specifically, the first time a name, city, ethnicity, idea, or theological principle is listed.
1. ‘Shaving’ was first mentioned when Joseph left prison to meet with Pharaoh.
2. The first time ‘Hebrew’ was used.
3. The combination of bread and wine were used for a fellowship, blessing, and serving.
4. Oil is poured out on a rock by Jacob. That place was called the house of God. Interesting when one thinks about it- where did Jacob get the idea of stacking rocks as a memoriam? Why oil? We know that oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, was this a precursor to our post-Pentecost sanctification and anointing?
5. Interesting that YHWH would be called ‘the Fear of Isaac’ and ‘the name of the Fear.’ So many evangelicals want to tame down ‘the fear of the Lord,’ it is the first ‘other name’ of God used. Hmm….
6. The first time Israel is used for a place not a name.
7. Did anyone else notice how old Joseph is when he is put into service?
8. I didn’t know that Beyonce’ got the idea for her hit song from Gen. 24:22.
9. I wonder what ‘divination’ looked like? It was mentioned three times in Gen.
10. Racism raised its ugly head- it was considered detestable for Egyptians to eat with Hebrews.
11. Lastly a connection back to the short word about power and authority above. A signet ring was first mentioned. Joseph was given all the power and authority of pharaoh. The last verse of Haggai says Zerubbabel is like a signet ring. A signet ring was used to make an impression in soft wax showing that the bearer had all power and authority of the owner of that ring. Anything and everything that person said was as good as done. Like Zerubbabel, I want to be a signet ring for Father. Possessing all the power and authority of Him and making Holy Spirit impressions on folks today.
Jesus be glorified. Pastor Mark.