“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Luke 10:19 NIV
Our opening scripture is such an instructive one. The Lord Jesus commanded His disciples, and by extension us to trample on all the ability of the devil. Wow!
What prompted Jesus to give that instruction? The pretexts of our theme scripture elucidates further.
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name. He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” – Luke 10:17-18 NIV
Let’s consider the background story to the excitement of the disciples in Luke 10:17.
In the beginning of the earlier chapter, Jesus had sent His disciples out on ministerial assignments. Before their departure, He gave them power and authority to drive out demons and cure sicknesses. (Luke 9:1).
Two things to pick from this. The first is that it is worthy of note that prior to the redemptive work of Christ the disciples worked in authority.
Secondly, Luke 10:17 reveals the disciples giving their report excitedly to the Master- they did all He told them they could do. However, verse 18 provides us a salient detail and a proper redirection as to why they should be excited.
They rejoiced because of their experiences, but Jesus provided them with something more stable – revelation. He said “I saw satan fall…”
It’s interesting to note that Genesis 3:15 intimated us of the fall of satan and our ability to trample on him.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15 NIV
Although in prophecy form, this was the earliest intimation of the Gospel – the suffering of Christ and His eternal glory.
The fulfilment of this prophecy is detailed in Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. For context sake, we’ll look at quite a number of verses:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church” – Ephesians 1:17-22 NIV
We’ve been granted authority through Christ. We have the ability to trample on him and his cohorts.
Do this unreservedly!