MORNINGTIME 4007by Benjamin Munsell on May 10, 2022
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, EXORCISTS, took upon them(selves) to call over them which had evil spirits the Name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus WHOM PAUL PREACHETH. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, JESUS I KNOW, AND PAUL I KNOW; BUT WHO ARE YE? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, AND THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS WAS MAGNIFIED. Acts 19:13-17. Question, were these 7 sons of Sceva actual Christians, Believers, the Followers of Christ? For how many years have you heard, "Judge not, that ye be not judged"? Matthew 7:1. Many times this verse is used to try to get you to not look at their own life because of their own secret sins. Now here's the next verse, "For with what judgment ye judge, YE SHALL BE JUDGED: and with what measure ye mete, IT SHALL BE MEASURED TO YOU AGAIN". Matthew 7:2. This simply means how you Examine someone else's life is the same standard your life will be examined, or "judged". A True Believer will always say, "Examine me Lord and show me my faults and shortcomings that I may Repent and Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS". Under THESE terms we may now look at the 7 sons of Sceva and see that they have absolutely NO Fruits of Christ and that they are as phony as they come, BUT ALSO see that whatever their father, "Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests", SEEMINGLY didn't teach his 7 sons about Christ, or quite possibly, he wasn't even a Believer himself. Again, is this "Judging" another person, or simply Examining their Fruit in Christ, UNDERSTANDING THAT EITHER WAY, I WILL BE "JUDGED" THE SAME WAY, BY OTHERS? OK, let's REALLY go out on a limb here, have you ever ASKED others to "Judge" you, that you may Grow and, Be Blessed?