Title: The Messiah’s authority over demons
Scriptures to Read: Read Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37
Jesus taught as one who had authority
As we see in both the Mark and Luke account that Yeshua is in the synagogue on the Sabbath and they are all astonished at His teaching and He taught as one with authority. And the people who are listening to what Jesus is saying are amazed. Verse 22 of Mark says: “And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.” When the scribes taught they would have to read 2 or 3 pages of rabbinic writings: Rabbi so and so said … and rabbi such and such said this … Every rabbi taught on the basis of previous rabbinic authority. But notice Jesus quotes no rabbi, He quotes no Pharisee, He quotes no scribe. His teaching and authority came from above, from the Father (Isaiah. 50:4-6; Luke 3:22).
The demons recognize that Jesus is the Holy One of God
Now while men where slow in recognizing His authority the demonic world was not slow in recognizing His authority. Whenever He is confronted with demons they are quick to recognize His authority and some even publicly cry out as the demon in Luke verse 34: “Ah! what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God.” Why did Yeshua silence this demon? Because demons do not make good character witnesses. He accepts no testimonies from demons.
Not only does He teach with authority, He casts out demons with authority
Now when it comes to casting out the demon, they are also surprised because he does not cast out the demon in the normal Jewish manner. We will discuss the normal Jewish method later on.
Jesus fame begins to spread throughout Galilee
Because of what happened here the report about him spread throughout the region. And we will see the results of it soon.