This miracle shows us Jesus has the authority and the power to command unclean evil spirits. They recognize His power and obey His commands. There is much evil in our world today. We need to be aware of it but not fear it. We have the authority to command evil out of our lives by commanding in the name of Jesus. We would simple say “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to get out.”
Mark 1:21-28: Luke 4:31-36
Jesus had called Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, to follow Him while walking by the Sea of Galilee. He also called James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother who were in the ship mending their net.
Together they went with Jesus into Capernaum, a city of Galilee. It was on the Sabbath day and Jesus entered into the synagogue and He taught.
They were astonished at the teachings of Jesus. The Word was with power. Jesus taught with the authority of a Scribe and was not as the scribes.
A scribe in the Bible, a man learned in the Mosaic Law and in the sacred writings, an interpreter, and teacher. Scribes examined the more difficult and subtle questions of the law; added to the Mosaic Law decisions of various kinds thought to explain its meaning. Since the advice of men skilled in the law was needed in the examination in the causes and the solution of the difficult questions, they were enrolled in the Sanhedrin; and are mentioned in connection with the priests and elders of the people.
And in the synagogue there was a man, who had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice to Jesus. Saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are; the Holy One of God.
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown the man in the middle, the devil came out of the man and did not hurt him.
And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, what a word is this! It was with authority and power Jesus commanded the unclean spirits, and the unclean spirit did come out.
And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?
There are a few important lessons to be learned here. The first is the fact that the man in the synagogue had a spirit of an unclean devil. Does it surprise you that in the synagogue, like our church, have bad people in it?
Jesus tells us to test every spirit in 1 John 4: 1-4 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
The next lesson is even the man who had an unclean devil recognized Jesus. This was before Jesus had become famous with all His miracles. How can it be that evil recognize Jesus before His followers?
And they were all amazed, that Jesus had the authority and the power to command unclean spirits and they obeyed the command Him.
Jesus rebuked or admonished Satan when at his tempting told Jesus that all power and glory would be given to Jesus by him. All Jesus had to do was worship satan. Jesus answered “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8)
Jesus rebuked Peter when Peter, his beloved disciple, for not understanding the things of the LORD God. Peter spoke of his own opinion instead. Jesus in Matthew 16:23 said: “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
There is much evil in our world today. We need to be aware of it but not fear it. We have the authority to command evil out of our lives by commanding in the name of Jesus. We would simple say “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to get out.”
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Holstein, Joanne “Jesus Drives out an Evil Spirit:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.< https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2027,>.
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Holstein, Joanne (2015, January) “Jesus Drives out an Evil Spirit:.” Becker Bible Studies Library. Retrieved from https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2027,.
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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “Jesus Drives out an Evil Spirit:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (anuary), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2027, (accessed).