7666 - Blessed Are The Obedient

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In Luke 11 Jesus is confronted by several of the antagonistic religious rulers. In belligerence, they were seeking to turn the people away from Jesus. Other passages share how the Jewish Counsel were seeking to devise some way in which they could destroy Jesus, get Him out of the way. John, chapter 11 (v48) tells us that they were afraid that everyone would believe in Jesus, and then the Romans would come and take away the leadership positions of these men, and then put an end to the Jewish nation.

In less than six-months they would succeed in killing Jesus, but they did not wipe out the work of God in giving spiritual hope and life to the people of the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Listen to Luke 11:21-28.

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, `I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."

He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

In this passage the strong man guarding his possessions refers to Satan.

The threat to this ‘strong man’s kingdom’ comes when a stronger ruler attacks his domain. That is a reference to what was occurring on earth at that very time. The pitched battle was taking place right there in Jerusalem.

Jesus, the Son of God, fully God himself, had come to earth to fulfill those many promises recorded in Scripture through the past centuries, regarding the promised redeemer.

He was the One who came to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8). He was the only pure, holy, sinless man who qualified to serve as the sacrifice without blemish or spot.

Through Jesus, God reconciled the human race to himself (2 Cor. 5:19). God allowed His Son, who was sinless, to receive upon himself, the sins of every human being (2 Cor. 5:21) there on the cross of Calvary.

Through this loving sacrifice, Jesus now gives to every person who, by faith, repents and turns from his own sin, and who believes in the atoning work of Jesus Christ, and who receives the righteousness of Jesus which is placed upon them, the moment their faith is evidenced; every such person becomes a child of God and receives a new, eternal, abundant life in Jesus.

This is what that spiritual battle was all about.

Jesus, the Divine One, attack Satan’s kingdom. And as we are told in Matthew (16:18) the gates of hell are not strong enough to stand against the power of Jesus to rescue those who are captive to Satan (Eph. 4:8) and deliver them from the dominion of darkness and transfer them into his glorious kingdom of light (Col. 1:12-13).

A key element in today’s passage comes from Jesus in response to the woman’s words. Jesus said, “Blessed...are those who hear the word of God and obey.”

Obedience is a key element in our faith as children of God. First John tells us that when we become a child of God, Jesus keeps us from a lifestyle of sin (1 John 5:18); in fact, if we say we know Him, but we do not obey, then we are a liar (1 John 2:3-4).

Friend, we may stumble, but we will not habitually live in sin. Jesus keeps us from such agony and hurt.

We also find that our focus has become an intense desire to please Him (2 Cor. 5:9), during the balance of our life on earth, and then throughout eternity.