Matthew Lesson 9 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 9 Day 5

Matthew 8:28-34

Jesus has power over demons.

13a) Demon-possessed man

  • They lived where the dead were buried.
  • They terrorized anyone who came to that area.
  • They had super-human strength. No chains could hold them.
  • They shrieked and screamed night and day, cutting and bruising themselves.
  • They bowed down at the feet of Jesus, calling Him the Son of God. They (the demons) begged Him not to torment them.

b)  Jesus came to destroy the power of death and the fear of death caused by Satan.

People in the village were afraid of these demon-possessed men.

But when Jesus showed up, the tables were turned. Jesus wasn’t afraid but the demon-possessed men cowered and begged for mercy.

As James 2:19 says, “You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!” (AMPC)

Jesus set them free from the power that had tormented and nearly destroyed them.

In Mark 3:11-12, demons also recognized and acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God.

And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

14) Jesus’ actions

I don’t understand why Jesus granted the demons’ request. And after the demons caused the pigs to drown, then where did they go? Back into the same men?

I hope the men Jesus set free followed Him rather than returning to the town full of people who rejected Him.

15) The people begged Jesus to leave their region.

They were raising pigs, an unclean animal. They were more concerned about their money and food. After the townsfolk rejected Jesus, those 2000 demons may have had a field day with them. Not a good place to move.

This leads me to wonder about some countries, cities, and neighborhoods where crime, debauchery, lewd and perverse behavior run rampant.

I notice the demons begged Jesus not to make them leave the region. They seem to have been on assignment there.

In 2013, I thought of a violent incident against believers in San Francisco in 2008. [link to article no longer active. The name of the article was Christian prayer group sexually and physically assaulted by homos3xua1 mob]

16) Jesus’ power

We are constantly tempted to get into fear and worry. The entertainment and media industries know it sells, so they bombard us with thoughts and images. I’m reminded how proactive I must be to renew my mind and keep it focused on good things . . .

whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Remember that Jesus gave us power and authority by means of the Holy Spirit within.

And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will only be above, and not be underneath. . .” Deuteronomy 28:13


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