Blessed Are The Merciful

Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (Ephesians 2:4-5) We serve a merciful and […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger

(Matthew 5:6; Luke 6:21) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Hunger is a constant in our lives. We are born hungry, we wake up every day hungry, we come home from work hungry; it never ends. We can stuff ourselves to the point of bursting, swearing we […]

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Blessed Are The Meek

(Matthew 5:5) “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” The concept of inheriting land was much more established within the mindset of those who were listening to Jesus at that time than it is with us today. We are used to thinking of the “promised land” as something awaiting us in heaven, […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

(Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:21) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” The word “blessed” means to be happy, to be envied, to be specially favored by God. But there is nothing happy, or enviable about mourning, nor is there anything particularly special about it; everyone experiences it at one time or another […]

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Blessed Are The Poor

(Matthew 5:3; Luke 6:20) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The Sermon on the Mount recorded in the book of Matthew is probably the most famous sermon of all time. Matthew devotes almost three entire chapters of his gospel to this sermon, which took place on a mountain […]

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That is Why I Was Sent

Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44 “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Jesus had spent an eventful few days in the town of Capernaum and his popularity there was continuing to grow. He had already healed many people and delivered […]

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Be Silent and Come Out of Him

Mark 1:21-41; Luke 4:31-41

“Be silent and come out of him!”

Jesus was teaching in the local synagogue at Capernaum, the home town of Peter and Andrew. The people gathered in that congregation would have already been somewhat familiar with Jesus by now, and they would have been very familiar with one another, since most of them had lived there all their lives. But within their midst was a man possessed by a demon.

Whether this man was well known to the others or a stranger is not clear, but his condition became obvious to everyone once he began to cry out in terror at the sight of Jesus. “Go away!” he cried, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus’ response to this was both immediate and absolute: “Be silent and come out of him!” was all that he needed to say. The demon instantly threw the man down with a shriek and came out, leaving him unharmed.

Shortly after this incident, Jesus went to Peter’s house where Peter’s mother-in-law was lying sick in bed with a fever. Although Jesus’ exact words are not recorded, Luke’s gospel tells us that he rebuked the fever and that Peter’s mother-in-law was instantly restored.

“Come out of him!” – The demon who had shouted in fearful defiance for Jesus to “Go away!” was impelled to come out at his command; it had no choice but to obey. The same was true of the fever, it too could not withstand the rebuke of the Lord, for this was a command from God himself – the same God who commanded the light and separated it from the darkness, and who established the boundaries of the sea upon the sand. (Genesis 1:3-10)

“Be silent!” – Each time Jesus encountered a demon, he silenced it. He did not engage in arguments with them, or scold them, or respond to any of their questions – he simply commanded them to be silent. The gospel writers tell us that he didn’t allow them to speak because they knew he was the Messiah. As we continue to study the words of Christ, we will see that this was a consistent pattern with Jesus – he wanted people to believe in him by faith through direct revelation (Matthew 16:16-17) and not by word-of-mouth, especially not by word-of-mouth from demons! He wanted the message of the gospel to precede the revelation of who he was, for though he truly was the Messiah that they were waiting for, he knew he was not the one that they were expecting.

I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20 “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” All three of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) contain an account of this call to discipleship, spoken by Jesus to Peter and his younger brother, Andrew. If the Bible were limited to just the […]

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Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven Is Near

Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 4:12-17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This was the message proclaimed by John the Baptist as he went about the Judean countryside baptizing people and making disciples. After John was put in prison, Jesus himself began proclaiming the exact same message. (Matthew 3:1-2, Matthew 4:17) “Repent” – The […]

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