Luke 10:19-24

Luke 10:19 (KJB)
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus then goes on to tell the seventy that through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, the most ordinary believer has authority over the kingdom of Satan. Jesus uses the figures of serpents and scorpions. (Psa 91:13 KJV) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Psalm 91:13 carries with it the same meaning that the believer, through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, will have power over Satan and his kingdom. The believer can resist him which will cause him to flee. (James 4:7 KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The power of the enemy is still secondary to the power of God and can never surpass it. Christ broke the power of Satan at the cross. Jesus then gives another great promise which can be understood in two ways, the first way is that no power of Satan can ever have authority over our souls because they are indwelled by the Holy Spirit and secondly, he cannot cause us any bodily harm leading to death until the task God has given us in this life is completed.

Luke 10:20 (KJB)
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Jesus then tells them not to rejoice in the fact that the evil spirits are subject to them. Jesus wants to refocus their spiritual sight from the kingdom of Satan to Heaven. Once this world is over, the believer never has to worry about seeing Satan or his evil deeds again. Jesus wants the believer to focus on Heaven and not the defeated foe. We should be rejoicing that we will be in Heaven with the Lord and all the redeemed. (Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev 17:8 KJV) The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. The names of all the believers were written in the Lambís Book of Life from eternity.

Luke 10:21 (KJB)
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Jesus then thanks His heavenly Father that these things have been hidden from the wise and those with understanding. This is not speaking of wisdom and understanding in the good sense but is speaking of the worldly wisdom and understanding. Those in this world who are unsaved believe they have all wisdom in the world and therefore condemn or reject the Gospel as foolishness. Yet God is going to destroy the wise and prudent of this world. (1 Cor 1:19 KJV) For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Jesus is not reveling in the fact that the well-educated are remaining in darkness but He rejoices in the fact that those who are babes or are simple people have received the Gospel with great joy. (Acts 13:48 KJV) And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. We see this principle today as many with a Ph.D. think they know more than God and write Him off as a myth and yet the humblest person receives the Gospel and is living in joy.

Jesus recognized the fact that the reception of the Gospel by those who hold no high social status was pleasing to the Father. (Isa 57:15 KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Pride and arrogance do not stand in the way of the humble but it does to those who think they are in some high elite social class. Those who received the Gospel were not spoiled by worldly wisdom and that was pleasing to God.

Luke 10:22 (KJB)
All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Here Jesus speaks about the fact that God the Father has given all things into His hands. This would include the way of salvation and it would also mean the cross, that He alone would bear it for the sake of the Elect. This would mean all power was given unto Him, in all realms. (Mat 28:18 KJV) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. He has the authority to forgive sins, heal sicknesses, judge the unsaved at the Great White Throne Judgment, and to save. Then Jesus gives us insight about the intimacy between the Father and the Son. As finite beings, we could never understand the true relationship that God the Father has with God the Son. Then Jesus introduces a tremendous promise that all those who become saved through Him will have the eternal privilege of knowing the Father. (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. No one can come to the Father except those who come by way of Christ. No one can bypass the Son and go directly to the Father. To know the Father, one must know the Son and there is no getting around it like many cults and false churches teach.

Luke 10:23 (KJB)
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

Then Jesus tells the disciples that they are blessed because all hardness to the true Gospel has been removed. They are able to hear physically the Gospel and to understand what they are hearing. They will hear more of the Gospel and they will increase in understanding. Then their spiritual eyes have been opened and were able to discern the great miracles which they were seeing and that resulted in them knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ was from God and those miracles and mighty works were ordained of God.

Luke 10:24 (KJB)
For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Down through the ages there were many of Godís prophets and also those who were saved who had desired to see and understand the things that the disciples were seeing and hearing right now. The mystery of Christ was not revealed until now.

Abraham - (John 8:56 KJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Jacob - (Gen 49:18 KJV) I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

David - (Psa 14:7 KJV) Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Isaiah and the righteous men - (Isa 25:9 KJV) And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

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