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Jesus' Rebuke

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    Kerry
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    The story of Jesus teaching in the Temple and a man with an unclean spirit, interrupting that teaching took on a fuller meaning for me this week, thanks to a commentary. I realized the rebuke for the disruption, but never thought to much about what the man was saying. Now I realize that the tempter was trying to get Jesus’ attention by disrupting and flattering him. Jesus’ response? He annihilated that spirit out of the man. It was swift. This is my lesson on following in his footsteps.

    Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
    “And Jesus rebuked him,…. Checking his insolence, despising his flattery, and refusing to receive a testimony from him; and which he wanted not, lest it should be thought he had a familiarity and confederacy with him:
    saying, hold thy peace; stop thy mouth, I need no such witness as thine, nor thy praises; I am not to be soothed by thy flattery, nor is my mouth to be stopped, or power restrained, by such methods: wherefore he adds,
    and come out of him: I will not let thee alone, thy encomiums of me shall not prevail upon me to leave thee in the quiet possession of the man; I will give a testimony of who I am, by the dispossessing of thee out of this man.”

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