Jesus Deals With an Unclean Spirit

A.W. Tozer once said “Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are, we can never believe that He will do for us what He says He will do. Right here is where popular religion breaks down.” - (Quoted in The Berean Call, September 1993, New Man, July/August 199 … More

Demon Possession

The law stated that wherever there were 10 Jewish families there must be a synagogue. This meant that wherever there was a colony of Jews, there was a synagogue. If a man had a message to preach, the synagogue was the obvious place to preach it and that is why Jesus went there.

One of the first assignments in this new ministry was to deal with an unclean spirit. The scene of this incident was in the synagogue at Capernaum which was a proud city of unbelief. It seems strange to find a demoniac worshiping in the synagogue which tells something of the spiritual condition in Capernaum. Why in the world would a man possessed by demons even be interested in going to the house of God?  The devil is opposed to Christianity but he isn’t opposed to churchanity. If you think the devil doesn’t do some of his prowling in church you haven’t been around long. Satan even has control of the pulpits in some churches.  Read what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.  “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an “angel of light.” It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. “Their end will be what they deserve.”

The demon realizes that here is a preacher with whom he has nothing in common. As Jesus rebukes this demon it reluctantly comes out of the man. One would have thought that this miracle would have brought these people to belief, but it only seemed to amaze them and cause them to quickly spread the news. We need to note that not only was the demon in the man but the man was in the demon. He had chosen to immerse himself in the filthiness of sin. When we play with sin we are actually putting our self into a place of immersing our life into the filthiness of a sinful lifestyle. Start playing with sin and before long not only will sin be in you but you will be in sin.

Application

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much authority does Jesus have in my life? A good question for me to ask myself is “What do I need to cast out of my life to get a  rate of ten?” How will I begin today to allow Jesus more authority in my life?

Mark 1:21-34 (English Standard Version)

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

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