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Mark 9 The Demon Possessed Boy

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 31, 2015


Learn methonds of studying with context

lesson to highlighting texts in context

Here is a great story showing how highlighting key words shows a much greater dimension that most people miss. Those key words bring out the spiritual side to the story. Key words are words the author repeats to draw attention to them. Key words can be the same, similar, or related.

Notice how the man called Jesus Teacher. The next time we see the word repeated is when Jesus wanted to spend more time to teach His disciples. So that key word stands out like book ends with all the information between them.

The next series of key words are action words dealing in a negative context. Threw, seizes, throw, fire, and kill tell us what the evil spirit does. Cast out is what Jesus did to the spirit, but the disciples couldn’t. The lesson on the surface. But why restrict our learning to a few key words dealing with a negative context?

Ground is where the spirit wants to throw the boy. See the relationship between throw and cast out? Ground represented where the evil spirit wanted to keep the boy. It relates to us based on the fact, scripture is interpreted two ways. From worldly views using information from the world, or directly from Heaven. Ground points to worldly views.

The next set of key words is believe, help, and growing. Which tells us steps to get off the ground and turn to Heaven.

This is the part that really got me excited. I’ve noticed the Bible uses key words related to timing to point us in the right direction to learn. Also notice key words related to movement in the sense of traveling. In this case, key words related to time are, how long, and since. The words how long are repeated three times.

How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? These shows how Jesus sees our condition. “How long has this been happening?” This shows Jesus’ concern for our condition. Do you really think Jesus didn’t know how long that spirit controlled that boy. Jesus asked that question to draw attention to the term how long.

Since he was a little boy. This tells us when evil spirits begin their work. It also tells the condition of people controlled by evil spirits. Their understanding is juvenile. Once the spirit left the boy appeared dead. What does that make you think of? Did you think of a new birth, or being born again? If you did, that’s God’s Spirit trying to work with you, to direct your attention to a deeper understanding of this story.

That story closed with Jesus leaving that region with His disciples. Another reference to ground. Jesus led His disciples away from that ground, or worldly way to viewing and learning. This is where we see another reference to time. Jesus wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. This is where the spiritual lesson hits a high point. What did Jesus teach them about?

Jesus taught them about the prophecies He was about to fulfill, as well as those He already fulfilled. And of course, those Jesus would fulfill in Heaven. Why is this so important? Look at the end of the Gospels. What did Jesus explain? Exactly what He taught at the end of this story. Look through the whole New Testament. The subject of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled is mentioned over 200 times. It is the only recorded message Jesus gave His disciples. Leaving the doctrine of devils, the ground, and learning about the prophecies Jesus fulfilled is learning directly from Heaven. It is the hidden lesson in this story. Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he was there, for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” (Mark 9:30-31 NLTse).

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