Jesus heals and forgives a demoniac

Week 28, Section 42

Summary: Jesus has gone to the Synagogue on the Sabbath but there encounters a demoniac. Astounding those present, he sets the demoniac free and word of Jesus’ authority spread throughout the region. The Good News is not limited to our salvation but our daily experience of God’s grace and power in our lives as we live Christ (Ephesians 6: 10-15 and 1 Thessalonians 5).

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Matthew Mark 1:21-28 Luke 4:31-37 John
No account of this story 21 They went into Capernauma, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authorityb, and not as the scribes. 23 Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spiritc, and he cried out, 24 saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy usd? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!” 25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazede, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!” 28 The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.f 31 He came down to Capernauma, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authorityb33 In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demonc, and he cried out with a loud voice,34 saying, “Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy usd? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!” 35 Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent, and come out of him!When the demon had thrown him down in the middle of them, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 Amazement came on alle, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”37 News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region.f No account of this story

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Study Notes:

Capernaum is Jesus base of ministry. A great majority of his ministry happens here and references Capernaum as in “he set out from ‘C'” or “Jesus returned to ‘C””.
Jesus’ goes to the Synagogue on the Sabbath as was customary of the observant Jew (Luke 4:6; 4:42-44). However “the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Matt 12:8), still it gave Him opportunity to preach the good news of the kingdom of God to a group the chosen people and a people who were actively seeking God. Indeed, the people there recognizing his authority were in awe. Jesus’ very nature as being God has authority as demonstrated further as the story develops.
The An Unclean Spirit – The Gospels speak openly about the presence and activity Devil and demons.  The devil was once an angelic being, when he rebelled against God, aiming to usurp praise and power to himself he was cast out of heaven and 1/3 of the angels followed him.  If we accept angels then we must also accept the notion and activity of demons among us.  Please understand that demons and the devil are not the yin-yang of God. God is the creator, the author and authority of all creation.
Have you come to destroy us? –  These demons are well aware of Jesus’ identity. They wonder if today will be their last. But God seems to have four step process for dealing with Satan and his minions 1) cast from heaven; 2) cast out of the soul of human beings; 3) overcome by the power of the cross, resurrection and ascension, 4) final judgement.
The evil spirit came our and the people were amazed – Note that demons posses but angels lead us to God and we are filled with the Holy Spirit (not angels). Thus we are filled with God the Spirit – a higher authority than the one filled with a demon(s). Don’t even enter into deliverance (exorcism) unless you are saved, sure of the grace and authority of God,  and then begin with prayer.  Many denominations insist (with good reason) that you have a priest or even a bishop present.  We won’t go any further into this practice today as not even the disciples received this training in this day. Its a lesson for a later time in ministry.
Word spread – its only reasonable and we will in fact see the numbers of followers and disciples grow as a result of the stories of Jesus’ miracles and teachings that people began to share as they traveled from town to town.

relief map Galilee - Capernaum

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