DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday 13 December 2023
TOPIC: Custodians of The Word
TEXT: Luke 11:14-28 (KJV)
14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.
15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.
16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday 13 December 2023 MESSAGE
Astute students of the Bible often speak of the persuasive style of its narratives. Both in the Old and New Testaments, it is discovered that despite the old English employed, modern writers still learn a lot from the power of pedagogy employed in presenting the chronicles. In particular, the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ possess compelling elements that not only command attention but also easily bring conviction.
Indeed, according to the Lord Himself, the aim of the message from heaven is that man should “hear the word of God, and keep it”. Having dismissed the blasphemous thinking that He drew His powers to cast out evil spirits and heal from Satan, the Lord taught about the need for the redeemed to strive to preserve his salvation. An excited woman moved by the teaching heaped blessings upon the womb that bore Christ and the breasts that nursed Him.
However, Jesus corrected her. He took her mind to where credit was due. He said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it”. The almighty God sends His messages to man so we would not only be hearers but also be its custodians in our lifestyle. It is the only way to please God and receive His blessings. In so doing, we free ourselves from spiritual ignorance which the unbelieving Jews of Christ’s day displayed.
It led them to question the divine source of His teachings. Today’s teachers and preachers of God’s word must take a cue from the Lord’s flawless style. We must fully prepare for the field of souls by seeking heaven’s help in purposeful prayer and rigorous study of the Bible. These would aid us in silencing blasphemous questions and rectify erroneous interpretations of the Scriptures. The final result would be conviction, repentance and salvation of sinners.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We must preach the word of God and live out the life to convict the unbelieving.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Micah 1-4