Monday, November 14, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Preaching and Casting Out Devils

Good morning! Today we are going to finish chapter four of the book of Luke. After those in the synagogue at Nazareth had wanted to throw Jesus out of the city (v29), Jesus went to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and preached there on the Sabbath. In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by a devil. This demon knew who Jesus was and what he could do to him. He said, Let us alone; 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 (v34). 
  Even the demons know who Jesus is. 
 Jesus rebuked the demon and called him out of the man, and the spirit obeyed. People were astonished at this, and word spread quickly. 
  During his time in Capernaum  Jesus spent time at Simon (Peter's) house. Peter's mother in law was sick with a horrible fever. Jesus healed her and immediately she rose and ministered to those in the house.   While in the city, Jesus healed many sick and cast out many devils. The people of Capernaum would have loved to keep him there, but Jesus reminded them that his job was to preach the kingdom of God to other cities as well.
  Wherever Jesus went, he preached, taught, healed, and cast out devils. Some accepted him and his word gladly, others wanted to throw him out. He did not get angry when the people of his hometown rejected his words, but simply moved on.

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