They Were Filled with
By David J. Stewart
Luke 6:9-11, “Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.”
One of the most disturbing passages of Scripture in the Bible is found in Luke 6:9-11. These men were filled with madness the Bible says because Jesus healed a crippled man on the Sabbath Day. They literally sought to harm the Lord for healing a man. That is insane! What a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites.
The world is filled with such evil people today who go insane when anyone does a work for God—winning lost souls to Christ, preaching against sin, contending for the Christian faith, doing good in Jesus' name, and uncompromisingly speaking the truth without apology. Many people are filled with MADNESS. 2nd Timothy 3:3 foretold of “despisers of those that are good.” This sinful world despises good Christians.
Jesus said that the world hates Christians (John 15:19), but it's actually the Lord Jesus Christ Who they hate. John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” Type in “David Lee Roth” from the Rock band VAN HALEN on Wikipedia.com and you won't find one negative word about him. The New York Times reported that Roth fornicated with women like a McDonald's drive-thru backstage after his concerts. Yet many good men and mighty preachers are slandered, degraded, and maligned on Wikipedia.com (an online encyclopedia assembled mostly by the America public). America is a nation of evil hypocrites and PAY DAY SOMEDAY!
There was a man present in the synagogue who had a withered hand. The Scribes and Pharisees knew that Jesus had on many occasions healed people before—making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak, and the deaf to hear. The Bible says that the Scribes and Pharisees were scrutinizing the Lord, watching to see if He would heal anyone on the Sabbath Day, desiring to persecute the Lord. Luke 6:7, “And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.” When Jesus healed the crippled man and restored his arm, the Scribes and Pharisees WERE FILLED WITH MADNESS. Isn't that terrible?
You'd think that the religious Scribes and Pharisees would have rejoiced with the man who was healed. If it was one of the Scribes or Pharisees whose arm had been restored, I'm sure they would have been very happy (at least for a day). But instead they sought to catch the Lord in His Words, accuse Him, and bring harm upon Him. That has always been the malicious nature of wicked men and women. Psalm 35:16, “With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.”
If the wicked did this to our Lord Jesus, they will certainly do the exact same thing to us. John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” If Jesus Christ Himself—the sinless Lamb of God—could not escape the malicious allegations, hatred, and persecution of the wicked; then neither will we (2nd Timothy 3:12). They will spew all manner of evil against us, lying and condemning. It's been nearly 2,000 years since Jesus walked this earth and yet unthankful wicked people still say all manner of evil against the Lord—calling Him an adulterer, a conspirator, a liar and a deceiver, a fraud, a bastard not virgin born, and even a homosexual voyeur. Should it be surprising that the wicked still nash upon the righteous with their teeth today? No, not one bit.
Many people are FILLED WITH MADNESS over my website ministry for God. It is a labor of love for the Lord Jesus Christ. It drives them insane because I am doing a good work for God. People are coming to Christ to be saved, lives are being changed, the inspired King James Bible is being exalted, the precious name of Jesus is being uplifted, good things are happening because of this ministry, believers are being challenged to fetch souls to Christ, the truth is getting out. It is all by God's wondrous grace. The truth is bigger than me, you, or anyone else. It's all about Jesus. HEAR YE HIM!!!
Nothing has changed in 2,000 years. A lot of people criticize soul-winners today for getting the job done, because critics aren't doing anything for God themselves. Most believers are sitting-on-the-premises at a dried-up church every Sunday, instead of standing-on-the-promises for Christ. Most preachers seminaries are preachers cemeteries. The Scribes and Pharisees were a group of self-centered losers. They envied Jesus and hated Him because of their own wickedness (John 3:20). They saw goodness in the Lord. The Scribes and Pharisees certainly could have repented and received the praises of God (John 12:43); but instead they were FILLED WITH MADNESS and sought to do harm to the Lord in their hatred.
American society is FILLED WITH MADNESS these days—murdering over 51,000,000 children by abortion, legalizing homosexual marriages, approving of illegal wars and the killing of millions of innocent lives, legalizing pornography and public nudity, legalizing drunkenness and even boasting of SIN CITY Las Vegas (a modern Sodom and Gomorrah). It is insanity what is being aired on television for teens these days, and the lyrics of the trashy music being targeted at teens. Take Katy Perry for example and her demonic songs ROCK GOD and TEENAGE DREAM.
When Jesus healed the crippled man, the Scribes and Pharisees were FILLED WITH MADNESS. They literally lost their minds because they were so enraged with hatred and consumed with unbelief. If Jesus had done no miracles and refrained from telling the truth, no one would have been angry at Him. The following Scriptures tell us why Jesus was hated so much. John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” John 10:33, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 8:45, “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” Jesus proclaimed to be God in the flesh. Jesus preached against works of darkness. Jesus spoke the truth. Thus, Christ was persecuted and prosecuted, even unto death on a cross as an accused criminal.
It is a Biblical principle that Christianity often causes the wicked to be FILLED WITH MADNESS. The preaching of the Word of God puts men on the spot, showing them who they really are (James 1:23-24). The truth either prompts men to REVIVAL or RIOT. The truth always stirs the pot, opening a Pandora's box (Greek mythology) so-to-speak. The unsaved world doesn't mind religion. They prefer it in fact, to provide a cover for their sins. But the heathen world absolutely will not tolerate the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2nd Timothy 3:5; Romans 1:16).
Born-again Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ are hated without cause in this wicked world (John 15:19). You can just walk into any store, any workplace, or any establishment that is of the Devil and feel the presence of “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). I'm not just talking about evil places such as taverns and casinos; I'm talking about a grocery store, a bank, restaurant, et cetera. I have felt this often when going into a store or some other public place. There is a spirit of hatred against me for no reason. It is Satan working in them because they know not the God of the Bible.
Ephesians 6:12 says that our battle is against the spiritual forces of Satan. They sense my Christian Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit in me (Romans 8:9). The unsaved hate the Holy Spirit, Who is Christ living within us. There are many nuts in the world because Satan turns people into weirdoes, freaks, and malicious individuals (a sign of demonic influence in that person). Without Christ people can become really messed up. Tattoos are signs of demonic possession (influence), as are earrings on men, cosmetic implants (such as ball-bearings in one's skull), weird colored spiked hair, hooks sewn into one's back, tattooed eye balls, pierced genitals, a split tongue, eating horse rectums and tarantulas, eating maggots and the genitals of animals, injuring one's self publickly for attention, flashing a satanic hand-sign in public, et cetera. Anyone who flashes a satanic hand sign is not right with God and a fool for praising Satan. God will be your Judge.
MADNESS comes in many forms, whether it be hatred against Christ for His deity and goodness, or it be because Satan has a stronghold in a person's life. In John 10:33 the Jews admitted that it was Jesus' deity (i.e., Jesus was the manifestation of the Godhead) for which they hated Him and tried to murder Him. Literally, Jesus is almighty God, Who came in the flesh. Jesus is almighty God and professed to be so in Revelation 1:8... THE ALMIGHTY. Amen and amen! Jesus is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, the Almighty!
The unbelieving multitude picked up stones and tried to kill Jesus in John 8:58 when He professed to be “I AM.” Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” They were filled with madness over the Biblical doctrine of Christ's deity and the Godhead. Are you FILLED WITH MADNESS too?
Luke 8:35, “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” The former demon possessed man was IN HIS RIGHT MIND when he was found sitting at Jesus' feet. Jesus is precious! To see the once wild, wicked, and wretched man now sitting IN HIS RIGHT MIND righteous, made them afraid. It is a good thing to fear God (Proverb 28:14).
Is your mind FILLED WITH MADNESS or are you IN YOUR RIGHT MIND in Christ Jesus?
Proverb 28:14, “Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.”
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