Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven,
and consume them, even as Elias did?
But he turned, and rebuked them, and said,
Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.
Back in the days, before Jesus came to bring YOU and the rest of this world hope of living a good life with God, people were either jews or gentiles. And gentiles had no hope of ever becoming jewish.
God had His people which were His people because of their works, and so God protected them and destroyed everyone that came against them.
Now this doesn’t sound nice and you might ask how a loving God can enjoy such things, but the truth is that He NEVER enjoyed it, for He wants that EVERYONE is saved and that everyone becomes His chosen.
Therefore God sent Jesus into this hopeless world, to give hope to those that used to be gentiles, but NOW received access to Gods glory! - And that would be You and me!
Back then the people that came against Gods chosen ones were destroyed, just like we can see in the story of Elias (1. Kings 1,10-15). But now everything changed through Jesus, so that those gentiles don’t have to be destroyed anymore but can be SAVED!
That doesn’t mean that you have to put up with injustice and that God won’t restore justice to you. It means that YOU shouldn’t curse or destroy people anymore that treat you bad, that reject you, hurt you or lie to you.
Instead you should pray for them, bless them, be quick to forgive and just keep walking, for now they can be saved and you made a way for their salvation THROUGH your forgiveness.
Bless those that curse you and pray for those that mistreat you (Luke 6,28). They don’t have to be burned or be destroyed any longer, for now there is hope, even for them! Prepare the way for their salvation and accept them into the royal family, because then they won’t be a curse to you any longer. Now God can use them to bless YOU!
Before Jesus came, God had His chosen people and when someone hurt them, they would be killed, destroyed or burned down. There was no hope for those that weren’t His people, but God did NOT like that!
Jesus is the hope that came for ALL the world, not just for you. And now when people treat you bad, reject you, hurt you or lie to you, you don’t need to call fire down from heaven to destroy them. Now there is hope! Pray for them, bless them and be quick to forgive and move on, because that opens the door for God to reach them through you and get them to join your family!
(Luke 9,51-56 & 2. Kings 1,10-15)