02 Man with unclean Spirit

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MAN WITH AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT

 

Mark 1:21-28 (NIV)                                                          
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had                      authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24 "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are ~the Holy One of God!" 25 "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" 26 The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek, 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching ~and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

 

Luke 4:31-37 (NIV)

31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are ~the Holy One of God!" 35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" 37 And the news about him spread             throughout the surrounding area.

 

 

BASIC QUESTIONS

1.     Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).

 

2. What was the immediate, obvious need?

 

3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?                            Others?                      . Jesus? ~

      How was it expressed?

4.     Describe the actions or process leading to the healing; that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, com­mands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?

 

5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith? ~. Non-verbally?                                                 Describe how
      and by whom faith was involved in this healing.

 

6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?

 

7. What were the reactions to the healing?

 

8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

 

1. Why were the people in the synagogue so impressed with Jesus? 2. Why would an evil spirit come into a house of worship? 3. What are some other Biblical names for evil spirits? 4. What did the evil spirit know about Jesus? 5. How did the evil spirit respond to Jesus?

6. How did Jesus deal with the evil spirit? What does this tell us about the power of Jesus' spoken word? Why do you think Jesus told the evil spirit to "be quiet?" Why do you think Jesus spoke sternly to the evil spirit?

7. Why do you think that in today's world so many people do not accept the fact of the existence and power of unclean spirits?

8. What behaviour or social trends in recent decades might lead us to suspect demonic activity?

9. What terms has the Church used for the casting out of evil spirits?

10. How well equipped do you think the Church today is to deal with the problem of evil spirits? How does the baptismal service of your denomination address this issue? What can we do to be better equipped to deal with this problem?

11. What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?