King's Business - 1922-11



sNOVEMBER 26, 1922 ■ JE SU S THE GREAT MISSIONARY " Golden Text.—The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Lu. 19:10. LESSON TEXT Lu. 8:1-3, 26-33, 38, 39. (Read Lu. 8:1-56; Mat. 4:23; 9:35-38.)

devil into the w ilderness.) (30) j And Jesus asked, him, saying:, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. (31) And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. (32) .And there was an herd o f many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would su f­ fer them. (33) Then went the devils : out of the man, and entered into the swine; and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. (38) Now the man out of whom the devils were depart­ ed besought him that he m ight be w ith him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, (39) Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God, hath done tm to thee. And he went h is, way and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. unto death, or of obedience unto right­ eousness?” ?. • (John 8:44; Eph. 2:2, 3) Demons are disembodied spirits, un­ der the powers of darkness, seeking to inhabit a body. A wicked heart is an open door. Men who give themselves up to unrestrained passions are fit sub­ jects for such tenants, and the Scrip­ ture justifies the statement that some p men become possessed by demons. That demons are still active is proven by the statement of missionaries who women delivered from their power, through prayer. Why should we doubt that men are still subject to the pres­ ence and power of these evil spirits? As the days darken into the gloom of the awful night that must fall upon the end of this age, will there not be more and more outbroken manifestation of their presence? Reading the accounts in Mark and Luke, we are struck with the struggle between the man and the demons, sometimes one speaking and sometimes the other. '

(1) And it came to pass afterward that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shew ing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God; and th e'tw elve were w ith him. (26) And they arrived at the coun­ try of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. (27) And when he went forth to' land, there met him ,oiit of the city a certain man which had deyils a long time, and ware no clothes,' neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. (28) When he saw Jesus, he cril'd out, and fell down 'b efore him, and w ith a loud voice said, What have I to do with theev Jesus, thou Son o f God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (29) (F or he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. F or oftentimes it had caught him; and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the Outline 0 ( i ) 1 The Demon-Possessed Man, vs. 26-29. ; ( 2 ) The Demand of the Demons, vs. 30-32. f (3) The Destruction of the Swine, and Deliverance of the Man, vs. 33-37. (4) The Desire of the Delivered, and Denial by the Lord, vs; 38, 39. Introduction: ' - This lesson affords the opportunity of presenting briefly the Bible teaching concerning demons. The fall of Adam and Eve brought man into subjection to LESSON Satan. In yielding to EXPOSITION Satan’s snare, t h e y T. O. Horton took themselves out of God’s hands and sur­ rendered their wills to the enemy. Through this act they became followers of the evil one and partook of his na­ ture. (Rom. 6 :l(j): .“ Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin.

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