While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

Matthew 9 : 32 – 34

In our scientific world we try and rationalise away things like ‘demons’. Surely it was more of a medical condition rather than an actual spiritual being? The people then were not as sophisticated nor had much medical knowledge, so they were more superstitious.

How do we explain that Jesus took demons seriously on a number of occasions as well as talking about the Devil as an actual being? He did not try to rationalise this away but accepted there was a whole spiritual realm out there in opposition to God. Interestingly the Pharisees also saw a spiritual realm that was evil, but their mistake was seeing Jesus as the head of that realm.

How do you see the world? Do you see yourself in a spiritual fight or do you think everything can be explained by science?

Prayer: Lord, in my heart I know there is more to this life than only that which I can see. You are there, along with all the hosts of heaven. The Devil and his followers are there too. Help me to recognise there is more to life than the material.

Action: Remind yourself that Jesus took seriously the idea of spiritual warfare against a realm of evil.

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