Summary: Jesus was a better preacher than the scribes. They becane jealous. How much wiser they would have been, if they had joined in on the celebration of worship!
Title: "A Bad Case of Jealousy"
Introduction: On Sunday nights we have been studying the miracles performed by Christ. Tonight, we will make our study on the miracle of Jesus casting out the demons.
Question: Is casting out a demon from someone a miracle? Answer, have you ever heard the line, "Don’t try this at home?" Only God can cast out a demon.
The theme that I have chosen to go with regarding the text is that of jealousy. Jesus could out preach and teach the local scribes and Pharisees of the local synagogues. This would make them jealous of his ministry. On meditating on these verses, let me suggest seven probable areas of jealousy.
1. Jealous of his influence over people.
From what I have been told, the local synagogues were not large assemblies. Whenever Jesus attended, I assume that he brought at least twelve others with him. It would have been impossible to not have noticed the crowd of people that Jesus brought with him.
We can be jealous of other Churches that have a larger attendance than we do in our Church, or we can rejoice in that others have chosen to worship him!
2. Jealous of his boldness.
The form of worship in the local synagogue allowed for the men of the village to choose a text and render a word regarding it. Jesus boldly took this right for himself.
3. Jealous of his knowledge of the Word.
Jesus was called the Word. He was in essence, the Bible itself. Can you imagine the great insights that Christ made as he unfolded the scriptures?
4. Jealous of his preaching.
When Christ took the pulpit, the people were not in for another boring lecture from the local minister. His word was with power. Following one of his sermons, the people were in awe. That could have left local scribe humbled. Jesus had made an impact.
5. Jealous of his miraculous power.
I would equate what happened in the time of Christ, very much likened unto a genuine revival service, or an evangelistic crusade. When Christ gave the invitation, the altars were full of repentant sinners. Christ had come to seek and to save that which was lost. The demons of hell were cast out, and the gates of heaven had been flung open wide.
6. Jealous of his Sabbath Day joy.