I’m not THAT Elijah!

So Jesus is traveling his last time to Jerusalem and things are going to get shook up big time.  In his journey his is denied a place to stay in a Samaritan village because he is going to Jerusalem, you see the Samaritans also had a temple and they wanted Jesus to go there.  Now the Brothers  James and John better known as the Sons of Thunder want to call down fire on these people, for disrespecting Jesus their prophet and the prophet of the god of their religious imagination.

You see these two apostles come from a very violent practice of faith, and quite frankly a very violent view of god.  They know god as one who punishes people for unbelief and according the stories of the Torah, is not a god you want to catch on the wrong side of the bed.  They believe if a person is blind, god must be punishing someone for something, this view of God was and is very common among all people even today.

They want to call down fire from heaven or rather the atmosphere and burn these guys to a crisp, they want wrath and they want it Now!  Jesus however knows something that the Prophet Elijah only learned after the fact, that is that God the Father is not in the Fire from heaven.  In fact the Fire from heaven is from Satan the prince or god of the power of the air, heaven or atmosphere.  Jesus knows He is going to Jerusalem and will suffer violence from the hands of people who’s god is violent and enjoys suffering and death.  This god we know all to well for he has come to kill, steal and destroy.  So the scripture records in the 9th chapter of Luke this simple phrase “Jesus turned and rebuked them”

You see Elijah called upon the wrong power to burn those soldiers who hand been sent by the King.  Later he learns God the true God is not in the Fire but is a still small voice.   Jesus having come from the Father knew this, that the work of God could not be accomplished using the ways of the violent god of Israels Past.  That they had it all wrong for a very long time, for you see the true God is a God of Love and it would be Love that saves the world and not violence.  And in there last act of commitment to their violent god they crucified the Prince of Peace.  Jesus this God in the flesh the one who if you have seen him you have seen the Father, His last words He give them mercy for all their violence and violent god.  Forgive them Father for they are trapped in a way of seeing you that is anything but Love which is what God is!

Jesus says to all of us I am not That Elijah and my father is not That god.