20 Blind dumb and Posessed Man
BLIND, DUMB & POSSESSED MAN
Matthew 12:22-29 (NIV)
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.”
Mark 3:20-27 (NIV)
20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons." 23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables". "How can Satan drive out Satan?” 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.
Luke 11:14-26 (NIV)
14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons." 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. 17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them. "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armour in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils. 23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. 24 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."
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?
1. Luke (the Physician) says, "a demon that was mute." (NIV) What does this say to you about Luke's understanding of "muteness?" Although expressed differently, is Matthew's account saying basically the same thing? Why, or why not?
2. Are the demons identified in any other gospel accounts of evil spirits being driven out? (Refer back to Gospel Accounts #2, 10 and 14.) If so, how?
3. Is demon possession/evil spirit always manifested by a physical illness? Is "demon possession" just an old-fashioned understanding of emotional and mental illness? Of man's fallen condition gone berserk?
4. How did Jesus exorcise the man's demon(s), as expressed by each of the Gospels? None of the gospel accounts of this story says much about the manner in which the healing was accomplished. How does this compare with the details given in other accounts of driving out demons?
5. In his account, Luke warns us of a particular danger in casting out an evil spirit. What is that danger, and how can it be avoided?
6. What do you think Jesus meant when he says, "The kingdom of God has come to/upon you"? Is the kingdom of God somehow present whenever someone is healed?
7. In what way do the following verses cast further light on the reactions of the people? "Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven." "All of the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" What might we, therefore, expect people's reactions to be if we were involved in an exorcism?
8. As short as this story is, it does give Jesus an opportunity to make an important statement about healing. What point does Jesus make, and how does this apply to you?
9. In "The Brothers Karamazov," Ivan lectures his brother Alyosha about demons of rage and lawlessness as well as others. In what way(s) are rage, lawlessness, and muteness demons?
10. What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?