Flabbergasted by God!

Opening Thoughts: I love spending time in the Bible, then writing my thoughts out here. Last night I joined the disciples in being “Flabbergasted by God” when I read Luke 9:43…. Yup, you heard me! One verse in which I spent about an hour dissecting. When I first started studying scripture a few years ago, I would blast through a chapter thinking that I needed to at least cover that much in order to feel like I was actually reading something. The reality wast, that most times I could hardly put two thoughts together from what I just read because there was simply to much said there.

Often times our little daughter Sarah will pack her mouth so full that it is impossible for her to chew, she will then begin to spit it all out and  and then refuse to eat at all.  This is what it’s often like when we try to cram too much Bible reading into one sitting. God’s word is so loaded that you need to take of bite size pieces and chew on them, meditate on them and they will do good for your spirit and cause you to grow. If we bite off more than we can chew we wind up having to spit most of it out of your mouth, and we lose our taste for it. My advise… SLOW DOWN, Read Less, Take Notes and Study to show yourself approved.

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:43
For the sake of making sense of verse 43 I will include the whole text starting from 37.. I covered this whole text the other night in my post titled Help My Unbelief

[Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit]
[37] On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. [38] And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. [39] And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. [40] And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” [41] Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” [42] While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. [43] And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples ….. to be continued 🙂

The Terror: The prior healing of the demon possessed boy literally left everyone’s mouths hanging open. The Gospel of Mark really goes into a lot more detail with this story, and it’s quit chilling.  The father explains how his son had been tossed into fire, thrown into water, sent into convulsions and so much more, why, because this demon was trying to kill him.  I have never seen anyone literally tossed into fire or water by an invisible attacker, but I would venture to say that it would send chills up the spine of most.

Powerless: Fear of the demonic and a complete lack of understanding that Christ was indeed God in human flesh, left the disciples unable to do anything to help this boy. What always blows me away when I read of Christ’s encounters with the demonic is their FEAR of Him. They understood who he was and they shuttered every time He was around. They shuttered because they knew Jesus was the same God who created all living things, even them … (read John 1 – All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.)  Now if the disciples had truly understood what the demons did, the demons would have been trembling at their words as well.

Powerful Christ: Jesus is God in human flesh, and scripture backs that up. All through the texts we see Him referring to Himself as God, such as when he calls Himself “I am”.

    (John 8:58 ESV) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

We also read in Revelation when John is speaking with the resurrected Jesus …

   (Revelation 22:13 ESV) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

He revealed that He is the One True God. And one of the most beautiful texts that I read a month ago while going through the book of Luke is from Luke 8, and it’s where Jesus has just healed the demon possessed Gentile man running naked in the tombs. After the man was clothed and in His right mind… Read the text …

(Luke 8:38-39 ESV) [38] The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, [39] “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

One thing that I want you to take notice of in this last passage is first of all, how much this man longed to be with Jesus. he begged Jesus to let him go with him. This is the type of response that will come from anyone who has truly been regenerated by Christ! The second thing to take note of is this… Jesus sent the man back to His village and instructed him to tell everyone how much GOD had done for him, and what do we see that he does…? He goes back and tells everyone what JESUS has done for him. No one had to tell this guy that Jesus was in fact God, He knew. He didn’t disobey the orders either, he did exactly what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him through his radical conversion. No one had to tell Peter that He was the Christ … (Matthew 16:17 ESV) [17] And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven …. And no one had tell this man, this is something that is revealed to all who are radically pulled out of there situation by irresistible grace and regenerated.

If Peter had healed someone through the power of Christ and had told that person to go and tell everyone what God had done for them, and they left to go and tell everyone what Peter had done for them…. That would be blasphemy. Jesus was in fact God and this man was well aware of that.

Jesus Points to the Father: All through the gospels we see Jesus pointing to the Father. He gives honor to the Father, He glorify the Father, and every single miracle that He does…. the text almost always says that people are moved with Fear and they glorify God. So often in our world now we see men who desire ‘healing type’ ministries. They build massive followings, they get tons of support and they make a boat load of money. When healing does not take place in a person they pray for, they protect their ministries face by saying the person lacked faith! The reason these types of ministries are so successful is because people will spend Millions of dollars on cures for diseases (just ask the doctors, pharmacists and druggists). The “Faith Healer”  types of the world don’t leave people flabbergasted by God, but rather sickened by religious phonies that are making millions in the name of Christ.  This is an abomination of the power of God, and no more points people toward God than Lady Gaga singing “I’m in love with Judas“.  We are not called to build ministries based on gifts. We are called to go and spread the Gospel, to suffer with Christ, to be hated, despised and rejected for His name sake. We must make sure that the reason for doing anything is to display the magnificent Christ on a Cross dying on behalf of a very guilty race. We need to be Moses to the world, pleading to God on their behalf and showing them the Snake on the Pole. This makes God look good.

Two Things that Please God: when Jesus finally bids farewell to the earth, He left putting God on display. “Father why have you forsaken me” indicated that He was God’s final sacrifice on behalf of His Bride. The wrath had been forever turned away from His True Bride and His face turned toward her, and Christ became the recipient of His wrath and God’s face turned away from Him (why have you forsaken me.)

(John 3:16 ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus Demonstrated God’s love by sacrificially becoming the object of His wrath. The cross first demonstrated how depraved and sick we are, and how revolting our sin is to a holy God that He would take pleasure in crushing Jesus for our sakes. So the first of the two things I want to point out that please God is:
1. It Pleased God to Crush Christ and destroy Sins power.

(Isaiah 53:10 KJV) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

How are you doing at putting God on display in your life? Or maybe after reading this you are having doubts as to whether or not you are really saved? If that be the case, you must call on the name of the Lord While He may be found. The bible says “Today is the day of salvation”, don’t let another day slip by, repent and trust Jesus alone to save you. Once you do that, you can begin to put God on display in your Life, so that when people meet you they will be Flabbergasted by God!
The second thing that pleases God is when someone that has been regernerated by His Holy Spirit goes out into the world and preaches the gospel.
2. He is pleased through the Foolishness of Preaching.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

Let’s get out there and put God on display through the foolishness of preaching.

(Luke 9:43 ESV) And all were astonished at the majesty of God.

Preparing The Way
Shane Martin