February 21, 2018
Acts 19:11… And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul…
Verse 13-16… Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirits answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and over powered them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.
The 7 sons of the high priest in this story did not now Jesus. They had heard of Him but did not know Him. This adds great emphasis to the command to know Jesus. Even the evil spirits knew Jesus. They would have obeyed Him explicitly and immediately. Is that not how we ought to be? Except, not evil… but obedient. In the spirit world, even the evil spirits recognize the power of Jesus. It is not a chore to know Jesus; it is a joy.
MY mom used to say, “God doesn’t have any grandchildren, only children.” We all, everyone of us, related directly to Him. We can’t relate on our parents faith or our pastors faith or anyone else’s faith. We relate on our own faith. Now, I must say here, “Children can benefit greatly from their parents being on a faith path.” And we can all benefit from listening to a pastor who is on a faith path. But, and this is a big ‘but’… we can only know the joy of our salvation when we know Jesus. Don’t miss that opportunity. Don’t excuse yourself because of your heritage or your goodness. If you do, you could be overcome and overwhelmed by the power of evil like the men in today’s story. They were sons of the high priest… probably well respected and well received in Jewish circles. None of that mattered during a confrontation in the spirit world.
Take time to know Jesus. Study the Bible, pray continually, and hang out with people who also share your desire. Give it your full attention, “Jesus, I want to know you.” Don’t settle for knowing about Him from the testimonies of others. That is not a bad thing; it is a bit incomplete.