Hold Thy Peace, And Come Out Of Him!
Free online resources based on Jesus casting out a demon in a Capernaum Synagogue. This miracle can be found in Mark and Luke. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this important story.
What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hush up (be muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! — Mark 1:24-25 <AMP>
Jesus Casts Out The Unclean Spirit – Summary
Very early in his ministry, Jesus visited the Synagogue in Nazareth where he was raised. He was given a scroll and began reading from Isaiah 61.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…”
Jesus stopped in the middle of verse 2 and handed the scroll back. All eyes were focused on Jesus as he continued,
“This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
As Jesus explained the verses He had just read, the people were outraged by His suggestion that he was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. The men in the Synagogue attempted to throw him off the cliff, but Jesus simply walked away.
Jesus later arrived in Capernaum and taught in their Synagogue on the Sabbath. The people were surprised because Jesus taught with authority, quoting God’s Word, not religious opinion. During His sermon, Jesus was interrupted by a man who was possessed by an unclean spirit. The demon inside him shouted,
“Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One sent from God!”
Jesus was very capable of telling people who He was. He did not need, or desire, the testimony of demons. Jesus commanded the demon to,
“Hold thy peace, and come out of him.”
The demon threw the man to the ground, but departed without saying another word. The people who witnessed this great miracle spread the news all around the region.
The Tale of Two Meetings
At His first meeting in Nazareth, Jesus revealed His ministry purpose. This almost ended in a homicide. At the second meeting in Capernaum, He set a man free from demonic bondage. This ended with people sharing the miracle they had just witnessed.
Both groups heard the same Word, but reacted differently to it. The people in Nazareth could have witnessed the miracles that happened in Capernaum and elsewhere. Instead, they did not receive the Word. They just saw Joseph’s son, and not their promised Messiah in their midst. (Luke 4:16-30)
His first sermon started a riot. Such is the challenge when you preach the Good News to religious folks. For people who are bound by religious tradition, who prefer the reasoning and doctrines of men, God’s Word may seem odd. However, to those with ears to hear, God’s Truth sets you free. (John 8:31-32)
Ah, let us alone! What have You to do with us [What have we in common], Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who You are—the Holy One of God! — Luke 4:34 <AMP>
Satan is the god of this world. He and his demons seek to exercise control through men, by inspiration, oppression, or even possession. They also know their time is limited, and the authority of Jesus. The enemy comes immediately to steal the Word, and does his best to block people from hearing and understanding the Good News. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. — Luke 4:34 <AMP>
Jesus did not contend with the demon. He simply told it to shut up and leave. And note, that was exactly what happened. Demons know authority. Any child of God can speak with the same authority through the name of Jesus. Every Believer is part of the Body of Christ. They are the hands, feet, and especially voice of Jesus releasing the Word on Earth today. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and that work continues through His Body until Satan is finally removed. Believers are told to resist the devil and he will flee. The shield of faith along with all the armor of God comes only from hearing God’s Word. The sword of the Spirit is God’s Word. Believers are armed and ready to stop all the fiery darts of the enemy. Success comes not through natural ability, but by being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Luke 10:17-20, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1 Peter 5:6-11, 1 John 3:8)
Believers are not alone. The Word promises that the Greater One dwells in them. And Believers are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. In other words, all of Heaven stands with Believers. Speak God’s Word boldly and resist the devil. Set people free from demonic bondage through the name of Jesus. (Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19, James 4:5-8, 1 John 4:1-6
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. — Isaiah 61:1-3 <KJV>
“Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” — Matthew 15:13-14 <NLT>
Jesus stopped in the middle of verse 2 while quoting from Isaiah 61. The day of vengeance has yet to come. During this present dispensation, while man is still judging, God has given mankind an opportunity to accept the free gift of Salvation. Religion will not get you saved. It is only available through faith in Jesus by Grace. He wants people free from Satan’s control, to be made alive in Christ, and not dead in sin. Freedom comes in Christ alone. Only bondage comes from the alternative. (Acts 4:8-12, Romans 10:1-11, Galatians 5:1-26, Ephesians 2:1-10)
You would think the religious folks would have been excited to know about the arrival of acceptable year of the Lord, and that Jesus was Anointed to heal folks and set them free. But there is no greater bondage on this planet than religious bondage. The folks in Nazareth heard God’s Word and instead of believing and receiving the Good News, they tried to kill him. Religion is the enemy’s secret weapon. It keeps people in darkness, bound by the reasoning and traditions of men. Faith comes from hearing God’s Word. Plant that precious Seed in your heart and protect it, because the enemy comes immediately to steal it. (Matthew 13:18-19, Mark 4:13-15, Romans 10:12-17, Colossians 2:1-23)
Cling to God’s Word, it is the only Truth. Build your life on the Rock, a solid foundation that no storm can shake. Be wary of the religious who attempt to steal your joy, or preach fear and unbelief. Let God’s Word always be the final answer to every question. And then, you will always walk in the Light and never fall into the religious ditch. (Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 119:160, Matthew 15:1-20, Luke 6:39-49, John 8:12, 17:17-19, 1 John 1:5-7)
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: — Colossians 1:12-16 <KJV>
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. — Philippians 2:5-11 <KJV>
“Let this mind be in you…” – Jesus did not contend with demons. He commanded them to depart, and they did. In His first encounter with Satan, Jesus simply quoted God’s Word, “It is written…” That was enough to whip Satan, sending him away for a season. You can exercise this same authority through the name of Jesus, a name above EVERY name. Wield the sword of the Spirit, the Living Word, like Jesus, because you are the Body of Christ and have overcome your adversary. Never fight an enemy that has already been beaten. Are you willing to believe His Word? Are you willing to enjoy the victory Jesus provided for you? (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13, 10:18-20, John 1:1-5, 10:10, Luke 4:18-19, Romans 8:1-17, Ephesians 1:1-23, 6:10-18, Colossians 2:6-15, Hebrews 4:12-13, 2 Peter 1:1-4, 1 John 2:12-14, 3:7-10, 5:1-5, 5:18-20)
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. — Luke 4:35-36 <KJV>
Read the story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Confronting Demons At Capernaum – A Bible lesson based on Luke 4
Jesus Drove Out Evil Spirits – Children’s lesson ideas based on Mark1 & Luke 4
“His Word Possessed Authority” – Sermon on Luke 4:31-44 by Pr. Charles Henrickson
Your Spiritual Authority – Practical teaching from the Word of God.
For more information on your spiritual authority, I recommend the following books. These are all available on Amazon.com. All three of these books will be a Blessing to you and an edifying addition to your library. Wonderful Name Of Jesus, The Believer’s Authority, The Authority of the Believer
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