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Lesson # Luke 4:33-37
Study Material - Luke 4:33-37
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
33 And there was a man in the synagogue possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 'Ha! What do we have to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are-- the Holy One of God!' 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Be quiet and come out of him!' And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 And amazement came upon them all, and they began discussing with one another saying, 'What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.' 37 And the report about Him was getting out into every locality in the surrounding district.
We have spent quite a bit of time in the Old Testament, now I think we will continue in the Gospels for the next several months.
Jesus has just come from Nazareth, where He was rejected. He is now in Capernaum where he is not rejected per se, but is met more with the amazement of a novel event. Something that folks around about there had not seen nor heard of before. Of course we know what happens to things that are treated as novelties, their uniqueness wears off, people get bored, and folks fade away into other things that interest them.
So it is with Bible study. People tend to get wrapped up in the studies that are unique, or those studies that excite the imagination. When the story is finished, or when there is no apparent 'direct' connection between the Bible and something you want (money in the pocket, a mate, whatever) then, folks tend to fade away. Such is the nature of the weak spiritual life. Revelation has a great deal to say about people who are just not hot for Bible doctrine. They will lose out on tremendous blessings in eternity. But then, eternity is a concept that is beyond those who are not really interested. They look to their current life - today - the balance of their bank account today, and so forth. Eternity will be later and so they put it out of their minds until 'later'. Later will be too late.
Jesus encounter a man who was possessed by a demon. What in the world is a demon? Luke uses the term spirit devil, 'pneuma' 'daimonion'. The first word is for breath or life. Demons are living creatures. They are fallen angels. Those angels who rejected God at some point in the distant past. 'Daimonion' is a devil of sorts. Not 'the' devil, Satan, but a type of pattern of Satan. Thus the rejection of God through arrogance, through their extreme closed minded attitude toward God, even in the face of overwhelming information and evidence that they can see is detrimental to their own existence.
Fallen angels rejected God long ago. They would have had the same opportunity to repent (change their minds) back then, but they adamantly refused. Thus they were judged to the lake of fire. They are not there yet, because human history has been brought about to settle their complaints as to Gods right to judge them.
The man cried out. Or I should say, he demon within him cried out. Demons can take possession of people, but not believers in Christ. Only unbelievers are subject to demon possession. And this only will occur when that particular person is hard core negative toward God, and therefore weak in their own soul. They in fact allow the demons to enter them.
Even the demon recognizes Jesus as a man, Jesus of Nazareth, and as the Son of God, Holy One of God. The demon chides Jesus, 'come to destroy us?' That is the eventual destiny of demons. At the end of history they will be tossed into the lake of fire, the sentence already given to them.
Jesus commands the demon to be silent. Jesus refuses to 'know' the demon. All things unholy are 'not known' as it were, to God. That means they have no relationship with God. God does not fellowship with evil.
What amazes people who are witness to this event, is that Jesus, without charms and magical nonsense, actually commands the demon to depart from the man. The demon tries to produce harm to the man. The demon comes out in a rage, throwing the man down with the intent to do harm. But the power of Christ, overrides this intent. The man is thrown down, but not harmed. The demon is obedient because he has no choice in the matter. Jesus Christ is the authority of the universe and His commands are unquestioned. The demon desires nothing good for anyone, but Jesus Christ desires no harm to come to anyone, as well as no interference from outside forces that would deceive and derail people from the truth.
This amazement spreads as gossip or rumors spread. The people were astonished or amazed, 'echos', which means loud, confusion or noise, rumors. The story became greater than actually was, as is often the case of rumors. The person of Christ was lost in the story, as the demon's eviction, the mans falling down, etc. became the center of the story.
The story should have been, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God is here among us. But instead the story was, 'Did you hear about that demon that was cast out of the man? It was loud, and violent, filled with rage. The man fell ... Hummm, what's for lunch?'
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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