21In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit…Luke 10:21a ESV
I’ve read my Bible so many times over the last thirty-some years that I’ve lost track of how many. What’s remarkable in that is that I still see something new almost every day. For instance, the verse above; I can honestly say that I don’t remember ever seeing that verse in my Bible before. And when I saw it the other day, it stopped me in my tracks.
The story surrounding that verse goes like this: 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Luke 10:17-24 ESV
Seventy-Two of Jesus’ disciples had returned from performing miracles in His Name, and they were excited about that – perhaps even bragging a little bit! But Jesus lovingly admonishes them, i.e., Guys, don’t get so puffed up about this! I saw Satan’s fall from glory because of the same problem.
What problem was that, you ask? The prophet, Isaiah, writes about it:
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high…Isaiah 14:11-13a ESV
Satan thought he could not only be like God, but eventually out-do Him. His pride destroyed him, and his place in glory, and he was cast out because of his “pomp.”
It can happen to any of us, I think especially those of us in the ministry.
For example, a couple of years ago I uncovered a truth in the New Testament that led me to teach a certain lesson to my ladies’ Sunday school class. It filled with me with joy write that lesson! But when I taught it, and all the ladies around the table swooned with delight, my heart and head puffed up to about four times their regular size. I was so filled with “pomp.”
There’s a great story about a successful, godly king in our Old Testament. His name was Uzziah, and he could do anything. He had an impeccable talent for industrialism, he was gifted in agriculture, and he had a hard-wired sense for national defense. But you know what did him in? Pride. When he’d developed his country to a superior point, he started to rewrite God’s perfect rules about worship. God struck Uzziah with leprosy and he was never permitted to be in His presence again.
I think that Jesus’ seventy-two (and myself!), having been revealed the glorious treasures of God’s Word, were caught up in the pride of accomplishment—not unlike King Uzziah. God gives us our gifts and talents, and we are to utilize them for Kingdom service and edification of the Body. They’re not intended for our personal glory.
Jesus told His disciples not to rejoice in the fact that they could overcome Satan and his minions with just His Holy Name. But, rather, that their names were written in heaven.
And it’s in that place where Jesus rejoiced!
Jesus was delighted for the seventy-two, just as He is for each and every one of us that has our name written in heaven. In another passage, Jesus declared, “10 … I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 ESV
…before the angels of God…
Jesus is before the angels of God. He is Commander of the heavenly host. He is filled with joy and He rejoices when even just one of us turns to Him in faith and repents of our sin.
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Luke 10:23-24 ESV
We are blessed when we uncover the mystery of God through Jesus Christ. People a whole lot smarter, and in much higher position, study and wait for years for the revelations Jesus lavishes on His people. We need only faith to stand in His grace.
In faith, turn to our gracious Savior today! Repent of your sin and live a new life in Him. I guarantee, He will rejoice over you!
17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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