September 24, 2023 - Sunday 10:00 AM CST
31 And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! What do we have to do with You, Jesus the Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked it, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, it came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 And amazement came upon them all, and they were talking 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 spreading into every place in the surrounding district.
Ephesians 2:1–2, 1 John 5:19, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Matthew 12:43–45
“The Lord Himself silenced them and forbade them to speak. He did this to keep them from sowing their own wickedness in the midst of the truth. He also wished us to get used to never listening to them even though they seem to speak the truth.” Athanasius
“Jesus silences the demon because, in God’s kingdom, revelation is dependent on relationship. As a being hostile to God, the demon cannot be a revealer of God’s Son.” Dr. James R. Edwards