Saturday, October 31, 2015




Proverbs 31: 10-31

There was actually an ad in the "PERSONALS" section of a newspaper for the kind of woman praised in this proverb. It was headlined "Are You My Proverbs 31 Woman?" The description the man who ran the ad gave of himself made one doubt that a woman of the wisdom and discretion described in Proverbs 31 would be interested. But the ad was a kind of prayer, and it is a worthy prayer for anyone to pray for a loyal, honest loving spouse.

The question that begs to be answered is: Why isn’t there a "Proverbs 31 Man" described somewhere in the book of Proverbs? Any answer to that question would be purely speculative. One thing is certain,

however, the Bible is full of commands for qualities of character that apply equally to both sexes. All of the qualities praised in the "Proverbs 31 Woman" can be found elsewhere in Scripture in contexts that apply to both men and women. Further, Paul’s instructions for husbands call men to a level of love and sacrifice unmatched in religious literature of any kind (see Ephesians 5:25-33).

The best thing to do with the beautiful, poetic, portrait of a wife described in Proverbs 31 is to thank God for women who strive to follow God’s call. And to thank God that his Word treasures women. We can pray for the women in our lives – our wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends – to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.


Father in Heaven! We turn our eyes away from the false images of womanhood promoted by the commercial interests of our culture. May we prize the kind of woman you prize.

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts


Friday, October 30, 2015


Casting Out Demons

 Luke 11: 20 

But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’

 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.

26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

Satan is strong but Jesus is stronger!

Jesus indicates that one signal of a true ministry of the kingdom includes the casting out of demons
.  He models this in His ministry and promises it as a timeless sign confirming the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom (Mark 16:17).  He also balances this aspect of ministry for His disciples who at first were amazed to experience such power, exclaiming, "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name" (Luke 10:17). While affirming the place and value of this ministry (vv. 18, 19).

Jesus still reminds them of a foundational truth.  Power over demons is not the central reason for rejoicing; rather, their salvation has registered them as heaven’s representatives.  That is the real grounds for authority in the spiritual realm. (Luke 11:2-4/Acts 1:3-8)


Be warned that returning to a past bondage from which we were once delivered results in deeper bondage.  Jesus’ teaching specifically applies to the emptiness of Judaism in substituting reformation for regeneration.  Israel will be in a worse state than before.  Once the nation rejects Jesus, nothing is left to replace the vacuum except satanic deception.

11:20   The finger of God is a figure of speech for the power of God.  (see Ex. 8:19; 31:18;  
              Ps. 8:3).

11:21, 22   Satan is strong, but Jesus is stronger.

11:23 In spiritual conflict neutrality is impossible.

11:24-26 Jesus likens the present "generation" (that is, circumstance he addresses) to the man who has been exorcised.  He is warning that a situation confronted by His exorcising presence is liable to a worse state than before if there is no fundamental reform.  Jesus teaches the peril of an empty life.  The vacuum left by the departure of an evil spirit must be filled with the Holy Spirit, or else the individual is open to worse demonic activity.  The immediate application of the teaching is to those who lack the spiritual discernment to recognize Jesus as the Savior.  In rejecting Him they have nothing left but empty rites and ceremonies, making them even more susceptible to Satan’s deception

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts