Updated: Feb 22
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INTRODUCTION. The scene of this miracle is the synagogue in Capernaum. When Jesus began his earthly ministry, He left Nazareth and dwelt in Capernaum which is by the Sea of Galilee in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali (Matt. 4:13). This was a fulfillment of the prophecy which states that the land of Zebulun and Naphtali by the way of the sea would be made glorious in the latter time (Isa. 9:1-2).
Jesus upon this occasion was teaching in the synagogue on a Sabbath day and healed a man possessed by a demon. Many of the miracles Jesus performed involved demons, also called unclean (wicked) spirits, evil spirits, devils. Whatever these demons were, they were intelligent beings and not to be confused with diseases of the body. Jesus talked to them as persons and they answered; they had knowledge of Jesus as the Son of God; they exhibited desires, personalities, and passions; and Jesus recognized them as distinct from disease and illness. The fact that they were prevalent in New Testament times was probably because there was a great upheaval in the spiritual world with the appearance of the Son of God upon the earth.