to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
October 11, 2019 – Friday
Mark 1:27 NIV
27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”
Jesus and His disciples had arrived recently in Capernaum where Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. There 22 The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. While this also amazed the people, this is not what our verse of the day is about, even though it is worthy of much discussion. Especially the fact He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Think on what it means that He taught them with authority, not ‘simply’ as a teacher who knows the law.
Moving on, at some point while Jesus was teaching – with authority – He was interrupted unexpectedly.
23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “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!”
What was a man possessed by an impure or unclean spirit (depending on your translation) doing in the synagogue in the first place. Some versions say the man had just entered the synagogue and began shouting. If he was already in the synagogue he was likely there where evil spirit that possessed him could cause a disruption. Either way, the evil spirit clearly spoke out of fear of Jesus Have you come to destroy us? I don’t know what the demon expected, but I am sure it was stunned and shocked by Jesus reply:
25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
Jesus spoke sternly, spoke harshly/sharply/strongly, rebuked, ordered, commanded the evil spirit when He addressed it. Clearly He spoke with authority and with what the military might call a command voice brooking no disobedience. While the impure spirit followed Jesus’ commands it was not without a struggle as it shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
Now we know why the people were so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” Apparently this man was known to be possessed and suddenly he no longer was because of Jesus obvious authority. Strangely they had missed understanding the last words of the demon I know who You are—the Holy One of God!
Thankfully we know who He is and what He has done for us. It is something we give thanks for all the time, the wonderful free gift of Grace. Have a Great Weekend and remember to Go to Church giving thanks in corporate prayer, worship, and study of His word.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)