Destroy them! Once I, a pastor, became so embittered I wanted a similar thing to take place on someone. I wanted God to destroy them, burn them up, gone, dust, evaporated, and no children. “God hit them in the jaw. Break their teeth out” (Psa 3:7) Break their arm (Psa 10:15). Make them vanish. Sweep them away (Psa 58).” I was biblical, but I knew better. The only person I destroyed and burned up with hate was me. I was feeding my hatred with scriptures. I thought I was the godly one, but I didn’t realize what spirit I was of.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE CHAPTER 9

Destroy Them – video audio notes – Luke 9:51-56

By Delbert Young

Destroy Them

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Destroy Them – video audio notes – Luke 9:51-56

Scriptures: Luke 9:51; Luke 9:52; Hebrews 13:2; Luke 9:53-54; Luke 9:55-56

We’ve all experienced times when we were so angered and injured by someone we wanted to “Burn Them Up!” haven’t we? We wanted to call down God’s wrath and vaporize them. We’ll be talking about that shortly.

Luke 9:51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. {map}

This verse marks a mega change in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. Only months remained. Jesus left the northern area of Israel called Galilee and was moving to the southern area of Judea. His Galilean ministry, where everything happened, was over. The journey began here at Luke 9:51 and continues through Luke 19:44 consuming ten chapters in Luke (that’s more than we’ve studied so far), yet was actually only a few months in real time. This is an important time and an intensely emphasized time. It’s like our lives. Some times are simply events, but some times are intense. Some may be going through an intense time right now. God’s aware of it and writing your story as we speak.

Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. The word resolutely is sterizo {stay-rid’-zo} – to render constant, confirm one’s mind. We see a part of Christ’s amazing mind. He had to sterizo his mind. Jesus disciplined his mind through a rendering and confirming process. We don’t think of Jesus needing to discipline his mind, but he did. If he did, how much more do we? Many of the evils and bad times people experience is because they refuse to discipline their minds.

Most things in life don’t require much mental discipline. However, there are some things in life we can’t or refuse to do without mental discipline. Some things require a rendering and confirming of the conscious mind – carnal mind – which battles discipline. We must get these things to our subconscious mind/soul. This requires rendering through the senses – mentally acting out, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and confirming the consequences.

I’ve learned a great decision making and mental disciplining aid is asking this question: “What are the consequences of my doing this?” I need to confirm the consequences. This forces me to render and discipline my mind. For example, breaking bad habits requires mental discipline. We will never break them without rendering and confirming the consequences.

I’m not picking on anyone, but let’s use smoking. What are the confirmed proven consequences of smoking? Render and confirm the consequences – lung and breathing problems contributing to heart problems, early death, just to mention a few. To break the habit, begin to render and discipline your mind. Mentally see yourself not smoking. Mentally smell yourself not smoking. Mentally hear the positive comments of your not smoking. Mentally experience how much better food taste by not smoking. Mentally feel how much better you physically feel not smoking. Now you can resolutely set out for Jerusalem. What habit would you like to break – anger, profanity, drug addiction, alcohol addiction? We all have some things we need to deal with, but you won’t until you resolutely set out. When we do we will be taken up to a higher place of life.

Luke 9:52 And he SENT MESSENGERS on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;

Jesus determined to travel through Samaria on his way to Jerusalem for his Passover. Evidently, he planned to do some ministry on the way, so “he sent messengers on ahead.” This is strange for a Jew to want to minister in Samaria. It says he sent messengers rather than saying “he sent disciples.” The Greek for messengers is aggelos {ang’-el-os} meaning a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God. It’s usually translated “angel” (179 times) and only translated “messenger” 7 times. Has Jesus ever sent you an aggelos? He has me. How did you respond when your angel sent from God didn’t have feathers and wings, but instead looked like a person?

Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained ANGELS {aggelos} WITHOUT KNOWING IT.

It’s not only we may have missed angels plural, but also you are an aggelos. Ever thought of yourself as an angel? You’ve been sent “to get things ready for him.” The aggelos were not sent to find room and shelter. Jesus was/is coming to minister bringing his love and gospel to the Samaritans and to those we are sent.

There was severe animosity even hatred between the Jewish people and the Samaritan people dating back to the days just after Solomon. Solomon heavily taxed the people. After his death, Solomon’s son Rehoboam ruled (1Ki ll:43). The people asked Rehoboam to lighten the yoke of taxes and labor, but he refused to listen to the wisdom of the elders and needs of the populace (similar to our government today). Instead, Rehoboam confided with his friends and increased them. Be cautious from whom you receive advice. It will bring long term consequences upon you and your children. The bad advice and decision brought a revolt led by a man named Jeroboam. Be cautious of who you follow in life. It too brings long term consequences for you and your children.

There were twelve tribes of Israel. Ten of the twelve revolted against Rehoboam who received the bad advice. Already in the northern area of the nation, they literally created a new nation referred to in the scriptures as Israel. The southern portion is referred to as Judah. You need to know that to accurately understand the Bible. Israel, under Jeroboam’s leadership created an entirely new false worship system rebelling against God and the Law of Moses (1Ki 12). God later judged Israel (10 tribes) for their idolatry using Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and taking the people into captivity (Jer 25:9). Nebuchadnezzar brought gentiles from all races and nations mixing them and their religions with the Jewish people. The ten tribes were “dispersed” dissolving into history disappearing totally as “the children of God.

The point is, when we take advice from the wrong people and follow the leadership of wrong people we, our children, and generations to come can expect the consequence to be disappearing totally as “the children of God.” Our children will marry the ungodly. Idolatry will envelop our grandchildren and Nebuchadnezzar and bondage are on their way and it all happened because one person took the wrong advice and people followed the wrong person. As a pastor, I see this, and you see this far too frequently. Do you ever wonder where America is going? We can get an idea by where our children and grandchildren are going. How far away is Nebuchadnezzar (judgment of God)?

The Jews despised, no hated, the “mix” of people and religions of the Samaritans. To the Jew the Samaritans were “half breeds” and mongrel people. By the days of Jesus (over 1,000 years, 25 generations later), the racial tension and prejudice was immense in both Jews and Samaritans. Prejudice people always hate. Hatred is a product of prejudice and religion. So, this was the route Jesus took as he resolutely set out for Jerusalem. When we follow Jesus we can be certain he will route us through the areas of our prejudice.

Luke 9:53-54 but the people there did not welcome him, BECAUSE HE WAS HEADING FOR JERUSALEM. When THE DISCIPLES JAMES AND JOHN saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to DESTROY THEM?”

There are always people who will not support you on your journey to reach your “Jerusalem” – your purpose, reach your goals, break your habits, and ascend higher.

When James and John (“Sons of Thunder” Mark 3:17) heard about this, they were enraged. It doesn’t appear it was James and John personally experiencing this rejection. It says, “when James and John saw this.” Those mongrel Samaritans rejected their Messiah. It was time to turn the holy flame thrower on them – men, women, and children! A heavenly air strike will burn them all up –destroy them. King James says “consume them” – vaporize them.

Elijah, the great prophet, who they’d earlier seen on the Mount of Transfiguration, stood in that very area calling down fire from heaven (2Ki 1:8-14). They had a biblical foundation to their statement. Jesus had told them some bad things were coming on that generation, so let’s get it on. We’ll destroy them – these half-breed mongrel Samaritans. Isn’t it interesting how we disciples of Jesus can reach into the scriptures and find a passage to use against people who have angered us?

Once I, a pastor, became so embittered I wanted a similar thing to take place on someone. I wanted God to destroy them. Destroy the person. Burn them up, gone, dust, and evaporated. “God hit them in the jaw. Break their teeth out” (Psa 3:7) Break their arm (Psa 10:15). Make them vanish. Sweep them away (Psa 58).” I was biblical, but I knew better. The only person I destroyed and burned up with hate was me. I was feeding my hatred with scriptures. I thought I was the godly one, but I didn’t realize what spirit I was of.

 (KJV) Luke 9:55-56 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, YE KNOW NOT WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YE ARE OF. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Sometimes we are so certain we are the ones on God’s side when actually we know not what manner of spirit we are of.

Let’s make this relevant. Change the Samaritans to Muslims and Samaria to Islam, which is today’s reality. When I put it into that context, I don’t see James and John. I see me and many of you. You know I’m not saying the Islam belief is correct. Jesus told the Samaritan woman she believed incorrectly (1Jn 4), but when I want to call down fire and destroy people because they’ve angered me, or I have prejudice, something’s horribly wrong with me.

Luke 9:55-56 But Jesus turned and REBUKED THEM, and they went to ANOTHER VILLAGE.

Jesus didn’t rebuke the Samaritans. He rebuked James and John. Jesus moved on to another village. Jesus showed us what to do by what he did. Rebuke those with prejudice. Rebuke those who want to destroy. Don’t condemn because they don’t agree with us. As with the Samaritans and Jews, there’s probably some history involved in their rejection and angering us. There was with my story from earlier. Had I moved on, it would have been a lot better. I was the one rebuked.

Jesus didn’t come to destroy people, but to save them. Let’s follow Jesus to another place in life and help save someone. There are way too many people who will receive us and love us than to become angered and stressed and rebuked by Jesus because of those who won’t. Let’s be good angels.

Later, a few years after the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, a man named Philip went to Samaria (Acts 8). Philip was an aggelos who brought many into the kingdom of God. What do we see from this? Likely, they remembered Jesus passing through. They remembered his love. Though Jesus wasn’t received at one point doesn’t mean he won’t be received later. Most likely, that’s how it worked with most of us. We rejected Jesus and his aggelos messengers at one point only to receive them later. It will be this way with others as well. Don’t blast people. Simply move on. Don’t destroy men’s lives.

I’ve had many people reject me, not nearly as many as Jesus, but several. I’ve learned if I will move on, down the road a few years God will work it all out. It’s when I want to call down fire and destroy them I receive the rebuke of Jesus and my life burns.

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