The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

Jesus Casts An Evil Spirit Out of A Man

Mark 1: 21 - 28

Luke 4: 31 - 37


According to Mark, as soon as Jesus began to teach, he began to heal people.

This point is not made as firmly in the other three Gospels, but we will find in these stories from Mark that, for Jesus, healing and teaching always came together in Jesus' message of the goodness of God.

The synagogue was a place in the local community where observant Jews came together to pray to God and to study God's word. Sacrifices were made only in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Capernaum was a small town on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee in Palestine. It may have been the hometown of Peter and Andrew.

1. Where was Jesus teaching?

[Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.]

2. Why were the people amazed at Jesus' teaching?

[Jesus taught with authority, as though he was surer of his subject than other teachers].

3. Who did the man with the evil spirit say that Jesus was?

[The man with the evil spirit said, "You are God's Holy One."]

4. What did Jesus say to the evil spirit?

[Jesus said, "Be quiet and come out of that man."]

5. What did the people say about Jesus?

[The people said, "Even the evil spirits obey him."]

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