Luke 4:40-41 NIV At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew … Continue reading Questions about demons
Luke 4:38-39 NIV Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Recently … Continue reading Angry about illness
The vexed question of demon possession And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon… (Luke 4:33) Already in Luke’s writings we have been introduced to the devil, in the account of Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness. Now in chapter four we read of the first encounter recorded … Continue reading Demons in church
People responding to Jesus' first recorded sermon: All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked... Luke 4:22 NIV A little way further into the same sermon: All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, … Continue reading Jesus’ first sermon?
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord … Continue reading Who am I, and why am I here?
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. Luke 4:14-15 NIV What does that mean? In the power of the Spirit? As I read about Jesus I am reminded that he lived his life … Continue reading In the power of the Spirit
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone. ’” (Luke 4:1) The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son … Continue reading Attacking our identity
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, … Continue reading Worship
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:3-4 NIV) The very first recorded temptation of Jesus is to meet his own physical need. He had chosen to fast for a long … Continue reading Not bread alone
It seems Doctor Luke believed in the devil. We live in a time when anything to do with the spiritual is regarded as a bit on the fringe. Belief in God is tolerated, but seen by many as a private oddity, an old fashioned eccentricity, based not in scientifically proven reality but rather in the … Continue reading The reality of evil