Demonic Son is Healed

When Jimmy Swaggart defied the orders of the Assemblies of God to refrain from preaching for one year, he assured the public that he was free of moral defect, for, he said, Oral Roberts had cast out the demons from his body over the phone. Oral Roberts confirmed Swaggart’s … More

Demons

When Jesus and the three disciples returned from the mountain they found the other disciples trying to cast a demon out of a young boy but not being able to do so (vv. 37-40). They had the power and authority but apparently they had not relied on God in prayer to cast out the demon (v. 1). When Jesus arrived and was told what had happened, He immediately restored the boy and the crowd that had gathered was amazed (vv. 41-43. Then Jesus took the twelve aside for another lesson about the cross and the fact that He would die by being betrayed into the hands of men (v. 44). However, they did not understand as it was hid from them (v. 45).

Next we find the disciples arguing over who is the greatest (v. 46). Jesus tells them that true greatness is achieved by humility. He told them that the one who is the greatest is the one who is least among you. He then uses a little child as an illustration to show the way of true greatness (vv. 47- 48). The child is an example of simple faith, sincerity and dependence. John then tells how he tried to stop someone who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John’s reasoning was that this man was not one of us (vv. 49-50). The Lord rebukes John for such a narrow sectarian spirit. Our pride can be easily be hurt when someone else succeeds where we have failed, but Jesus says there is no room for such jealousy. We should never allow ourselves to think  that our group is the only group God recognizes and blesses.

Application

I need to serve the Lord the best I can, exposing false teachers and unsound doctrine, yet not be ruled by a spirit of divisiveness that condemns anyone who does not conform to my way of doing things.

Luke 9:37-50 (English Standard Version)

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." Jesus answered, "O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men." But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying. An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great." John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us." But Jesus said to him, "Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you."

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