Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Demonic Proof Texters

Luke 4  Reading Notes

Luke 4
            Jesus is tempted of the devil. The devil knows Scripture but he uses it to try to get Jesus to disobey God. Jesus sees the devil’s scheme and presents the whole counsel of God. He is using the ‘analogy of Scripture.” The devil is proof texting but Jesus is letting Scripture interpret Scripture. Even the devil is a good Bible quoter.
            Jesus begins His ministry by quoting Isaiah. Luke 4: 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
            Immediately after this, He tells the story of Elijah who was sent not to one of the many widows of Israel but rather to the widow of Zarephath. He also said that no lepers of Israel were cleansed but only Naaman, the Syrian. This filled those in the synagogue with wrath and they sought to kill Jesus.
            Interesting how this chapter is put together. Those in the synagogue knew the Scriptures. They were good proof texters, like the devil. But Jesus teaches them truths from the Bible that they despise. They are Bible proof texters that hate the Word of God.

            This is especially true when the Bible calls them up short. It was clear that Jesus was condemning them along with ancient Israel that did not receive the blessing of God. The widow received the prophet and the oil (Spirit) that replenished. Naaman was cleansed of his uncleanness because he humbled himself before the Word of God. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear.

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