via Benjamin Uzoma Iwuchukwu
54. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
These religious men were going to command fire to come down from heaven. We see glimpses of the fact that “heavenly fire” is man-made.
We know this was not an empty threat because of the way that the Lord reacted.
Jesus did not laugh off His disciples’ suggestion, “wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them”.
The disciples wanted the “heavenly” fire to CONSUME THE SAMARITANS
That was not God’s will.
That was what the disciple of Jesus wanted done.
That is the will of man unmasked.
Speaking of Jesus, Luke said …. “BUT HE TURNED, AND REBUKED THEM”
Jesus acted quickly to stop His own men.
Jesus represented the will of God.
We wonder how many “heavenly fires” would have been prevented had there been the Jesus-type person on the scene???
Men are products of influence. On account of that fact, the men that we look up to affect our understanding of God.
We often fail to separate the action of Man of God from God’s actions.
JESUS REBUKED or acted to STOP THESE EXPRESSIONS OF THE WRATH OF MAN. If Jesus had allowed these men, we would have been hopelessly confused as to the true nature of God.
We would have thought that these disciples were the conduits of divine vengeance or wrath.
It is safe to say that had Jesus not been there, these “holy” men would have commanded down fire from heaven and the fire would have manifested and consumed these Samaritans alive.
We celebrate such things. Don’t we?
Someone would conclude that the fact that the fire came down implies that God authenticated the command of these men of God.
The fire was going to roast the Samaritans alive.
The Lord Jesus did not rebuke heaven (from which the fire was to come down).
He rebuked the men who had just made such a request in the first place.
The men said, “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them”
We are fixated on the fact that they were calling down wrath FROM HEAVEN. That singular word “heaven” often stops us from thinking these things through.
Jesus answered, “ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of”.
What the disciples referred as FROM HEAVEN ….. Jesus referred to as “manner of spirit”
The unseen or spirit dimension is released (or stopped) by men on the EARTH
The things commanded “from heaven” are really consequences of man’s activities on the earth. The earth and the activities of men on it are not trivial.
We should not be perplexed about “the heaven”. We understand “the heaven” by observing the men on earth.
The Lord stood His ground and operated in mercy towards the Samaritans.
The disciples could ALSO have operated in mercy towards those Samaritans in the first place.
We must curb our wrath and realise that God is not less powerful when mercy is shown.
In the absence of mercy, we see the wrath of man unmasked.
God is all powerful in that He is all merciful.
When a man (any man) wants to call down fire “from heaven”, we are to discern what manner of spirit they are of.
The spirit ye are of DETERMINES the heaven you are triggering.
… to be continued
Pastor Sekoutoure Abodunrin