Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:1-53 / Acts 19:14-41 / Proverbs 15:31-16:7
We often find security in numbers because we believe there is strength in numbers. The 7 sons of Sceva, assumed their power was greater than 1 lone man. Sceva’s sons were part of a group of Jews who went around driving out evil spirits by invoking the name of Jesus over the demon possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” (Acts 19:13)
These brothers attempted to cast out the spirits in a man but discovered they were not effective against this demonically controlled man. The evil spirit answered the brothers, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” (vs.15)
They did not have the authority to “use” the name of Christ or Paul. Jesus was just a name, they used. They knew Christ only by His name; they did not have a personal, redemptive relationship with Him. Their own names were not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life nor were they found on hell’s list of enemies. Hell would not bow to their command, evil only relented control to those who had authority as the children of God.
The possessed man jumped on them and gave them a severe beating. They ran out of the house naked and bleeding. (vs.16) These men stirred up more demons than they could whip! It may seem that the power of satan was victorious but that is not the case…yes the brothers were defeated but Christ wasn’t defeated and the power of His name gained greater recognition.
When this story was told throughout the Jewish and Greek circles in Ephesus, “they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.” (vs.17,18) This story ignited a revival that was so extensive that sorcerers publicly burned their books. The value of those books…equivalent to 50,000 days of wages! (vs.19). Is there power in numbers? That depends upon what side God is on because He is always the majority…one God is greater than all the hosts of hell!