Old Testament Lesson
We see again in this passage that God intercedes to save His people. He does not promise that things will always been easy, but he does promise that He will be with us, no matter what, and that He has a plan for our lives and for whatever happens. He saved His people in the story of Esther and He will be by our side in out times of trouble as well.
New Testament Lesson
We see in this passage it is not enough for us to know about Jesus, we must know Him ourselves; these people tried to use the name and power of Jesus without knowing Jesus. Likewise, we must know Jesus. It is not enough for us to know about Jesus, enough for us to know folks that know Jesus, we must know Jesus ourselves.
We see that Jesus' sermon wasn't too well received. They even wanted to throw him all the cliff. I've never preached a sermon (that I know of) where folks wanted to throw me off a cliff. But, He was going to preach God's Word, because He was God's true Word.
He knew that He was salvation and He was there to ensure that all that heard Him would be true to God's commands. In the same way, we hear Him know. Do we obey? Do we follow? That is what Jesus wants us to do. Obey. Follow. Do you today?