The little gods
Luke 9:42 -
And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare [him]. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
In this incident we see the evil spirit threw the little boy to the floor and started to tear him from inside (not literally, the term is used to describe the pain he experienced). The evil spirit started this manifestation the moment Jesus walked towards the boy. The Greek word used here to describe the evil spirit is the word 'daimonion', it comes from the Greek word 'daimon' which is also translated as devil. The word daimon actually means 'little gods'. For Plato and Socrates 'diamonion' were divine guardian and guiding powers. Both the words 'daimonion' and 'daimon' have the root Greek word 'daio' (to distribute fortunes).
We see these evil spirits were worshiped by the Heathens for they believed that these spirits had powers to guide them to fortune.
Islam too speaks of these spirits and referred to as Genie or Jinn. Mohammad in one surah (51:56) states Allah created Jinns along with man to serve him. In one place (37:6-10) he writes Allah uses meteorites (shooting stars) to deter them from eavesdropping. There are Muslim scholars like Ibn Kathir who state that jinns will also go to Paradise. He puts jinns have gender as being male and female. Like humans when they enter Paradise will be rewarded with many virgins so also will the jinns be rewarded with female jinns.
When we note the Greek word daimonion it is neither male nor female but neutral gender, but when we see the word diamond it is referred at time in male gender and at times in the female gender.
Evil spirits are nothing but the fallen angels. Like angels they are spirit beings who like man are corrupted. Since they were closer to the glory of God before they revolted against the plans of God they turned their hearts worst than man. Their thoughts and their works are works of darkness.
Since the heathens do not have the light of God in them, they cannot discern the evil spirits/fallen angels and thus get fooled when they come to them as little gods that bring good fortune. In Hinduism we find thousands of these spirits are worshipped as gods. Some days back a person waited for 90 hours in a queue to touch on of these gods and receive its blessing. They do exercise power on those who submit to them. In the start they seem pleasing but at the end it all ends with destruction of those connected to them.
These evil spirits/fallen angels/jinns are not only working among the heathen as their gods, they also are very active among so called Christians. Like Paul said, beware Satan (deceivers - plural) comes as an angel of light. That is why among some 'Christians' who are not rooted in the Word find certain characters appearing as intercessors, guides, mother, protectors, providers etc. very contrary to God's Word.
In today's message we see Jesus had just demonstrated His power as Son of God by transfiguring and when he approached the boy with the evil spirit, the evil spirit could not bear to stand before Jesus thus started tormenting the boy. Jesus immediately rebuked the spirit and cast it away, freeing the boy from its powers. Jesus had given His disciples the authority to chase away these spirits just some days before this incident, they had also experienced this power when they were sent in twos but their lack of faith at this moment caused them to fail, that is why Jesus asked them to fast and pray to strengthen their faith and keep it consistently up.
Today the Lord is telling us as we gradually grow towards becoming Sons of God, the more will Satan and his goons throw their tantrums and this is the very thing we see happening in the world today. Let us like Jesus with authority rebuke them and cast them away from our surroundings, since Jesus has given us the authority to do so and we should not doubt it. Let us also fast and pray so as to strengthen our faith and our authority.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus You are Bin Elohim / Son of God having power over all creation including the fallen angels. Lord Jesus You gave us authority to chase these spirits away and the power to break the bonds they set on man. Lord, help us to understand what this authority means and help us to exercise it without doubting...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Mark 1:27 - And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
Luke 4:36 - And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
Luke 9:1 - Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases [heal infirmity].
2 Corinthians 11:14 - And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
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