Demons Shouting Out the Truth
Tell a story about a person suddenly crying out in a church service and leaders having to call upon the authoritative name of Jesus to cast out a demon and a lot of American audiences will be shocked.
When I was teaching pastors in Brazil a few years ago, one of them shared about a woman who had recently behaved like this in one of their Sunday services. The church leaders immediately called on Jesus to set her free. She stopped yelling and fell to the floor. They picked her up, helped her sit down, and she quietly listened to the rest of the message from God’s Word. Believers in Brazil and Kenya are often much closer to Luke’s worldview than we are. I need to let them teach me to recognize that there are unclean supernatural agents who can take control and cause individuals to try and counter Jesus’ work.
In Luke 4:33-37 we see the first example of an exorcism in Jesus’ ministry, and this demon knows exactly who Jesus is.
“In the synagogue there was a man who had a demonic spirit of evil, and he cried out in a loud voice, ‘Hey! Jesus of Nazareth, why are you messing with us? Have you come to destroy us? We know who you are—the Holy One of God.’ Jesus rebuked him, ‘Be quiet and come out of him!’ The demon threw him down in their midst and came out, and the man wasn’t injured. Everyone was astounded, and they began to say to one another, ‘What kind of word is this? He commands with authority and power, and the evil spirits come out. Now this report about Him spread throughout the entire area.’” - Luke 4:33-37
LORD, help me to be more like my Brazilian and Kenyan brothers and sisters who recognize that there is an intense warfare going on in the spiritual world and demons are not some relic of a superstitious, naive past. Help me also to see from this passage that demons can even shout out truth about Your Son’s identity, but it’s disruptive and tries to force recognition of Jesus instead of letting hearts freely choose to trust Him.
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