Luke 4:41 (ESV)
41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
John 10:16 (NIV)
16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (MSG)
12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
I wonder what a slick televangelist would do if demons came out and said “whoa DUDE! You’re freaking GOD! Holy crap!”? Would he/she/it rebuke the demons? No, they’d charge an exorbitant admission – for a small blah blah blah you’ll be healed.
Therein lies a difference that many so frequently miss in Christ. He pointed to God, not himself.
He was a financially poor man. When he fed the 5k+ he didn’t pull out a big bag of coin he’d earned at healing revivals. I imagine that he could have had he set up shop and made a production out of the healing – I can see the flyer: Healing revival! Be healed of what ails ya tomorrow, 180 denarius! He didn’t because he did it out of love for us.
He rebuked the demons because he wanted the works to speak of themselves, he wants us to come to our own conclusions based on what we’ve seen, not what others are saying. He wants us to make our faith our own.
He wants us, he wants us to come to Him, the Good Shepherd, the Christ. His word will cut through all of our objections and worldly knowledge because He is the way, the truth, the life. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. Not our thick skin nor the demons we carry with us, not money, not the world. You must seek it though. You have to want it. You have to go to where He is. You have to go to the Shepherd as he’s calling you – or call Him to you and he’ll bring you home. You though have to make it your own.