The Devil and His Demons
The Name of Power
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:16-23
Key Verse: Luke 10:17
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
Luke 10 begins with Jesus appointing 72 other followers and sending them two by two into all the towns that Jesus had plans to visit. They were to preach that the kingdom of God was near. They healed the sick and denounced demons. When they returned to Jesus and reported all that was accomplished, they were so excited. All they could talk about was the power they had to heal the sick and the authority they had over demons! Jesus acknowledged the power and the defeat of the devil during their travels. Jesus said he saw “Satan fall like lightning from heaven” as these 72 Christ followers ministered in Jesus’ name. Jesus went on to remind them that the real victory, the reason they should be rejoicing, was that their own names were written in Heaven’s records. What can we learn from this incident?
First, there is a direct link between Satan and demons. When one is defeated, it is a defeat for the other. 1 Corinthians 2:6 and 1 Corinthians 2:8 speak of “princes of this age” which, in the Greek language, translates that there are high ranking evil powers under Satan. In several scriptures (Romans 8:38, Ephesians 3:10, Colossians 1:16) the word “principalities” is used in describing the evil forces. This word refers to the organized cosmological powers in the unseen world. The devil is the head of all these powers but seems to have high ranking demons working with him (“Armed for Battle” by Lundell).
The second lesson we can learn from this incident, and the most important, is the power of Jesus’ name over all these evil principalities and powers in the unseen world. Jesus’ followers have absolute protection – as they walk in the Spirit and trust in the matchless name of Jesus!
Father, you are my peace and my hope as I face today’s battles against the evil one. Remind me, often, to use the name of Jesus as my source of power. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.