標 題： 吩咐火從天降
經 節： 祂的門徒雅各、約翰看見了，就說：「主啊，你要我們吩咐火從天上降下來燒滅他們，像以利亞所做的嗎？」（路加福音九章54節）
Calling Down Fire
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord,
do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just
as Elijah did?” (Luke 9:54)
James and John were called the “Sons of Thunder.” When they discovered a
Samaritan village that would not receive Jesus, they were fully prepared to
call down fire to consume the entire community! Perhaps they felt that through
such a show of power, their gospel message might be enhanced. The two brothers
were willing to sacrifice the lives of the villagers in order to further the
cause of the gospel. Jesus rebuked them.
Later, the apostles heard that Samaria had responded to the gospel (Acts
8:14). Who was commissioned to go and help them receive the Holy Spirit but
Peter and John! God’s purpose had not been to destroy those people but to save
them. God chose not to rain down fire on the village, but to shower it with His
Holy Spirit. What must have gone through John’s mind as he saw those same
people, whom he had been ready to destroy, now rejoicing in their salvation?
How grateful he must have been that Jesus had prevented him from carrying out
What an enormous contrast between man’s thinking and God’s! Man’s
thinking would have resulted in the destruction of an entire village. God’s
plan brought salvation to it. People will benefit far more from what God wants
to give them than from your best plans. Have you been shortchanging the people around
you by merely giving them your plans instead of God’s?