Lessons Learned from Devils
- 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
- 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
- 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
- 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
- 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Intro: You know, it’s been said that you can learn from just about anything and anybody if you look hard enough. After reading several passages of Scripture, it occurred to me that the devils of hell could actually help us as Christians to understand some basic truths. They are great teachers if you and I would just observe and learn!
In this passage, we see a group of seven brothers that tried to do the work of God without the authority and sanction of God. It nearly killed them. In fact, I almost preached on Naked Hides for Seven Brothers!
- The Reality of Devils – them which had evil spirits – vs. 13
- The Recognition of Devils – Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye? – vs. 15
- The Results of Devils – it was known, fear fell on them, and the Lord Jesus was magnified – vs. 17
I. Lessons about Sin
Genesis 3:4, 5
- 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
- 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The lesson we learn here is that disobedience to God will open our eyes to things God never intended for humanity to experience. Things like…
- Guilt and shame
- Loss of innocence
- Separation from God
- Tears and heartbreak
- Punishment and curses
You and I cannot deliberately go against what God said and not expect to open a pandora’s box of hurt and complications.
Even the devil knew that sin would open up a new set of dynamics and revelations to
II. Lessons about Strife
- 22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
- 23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
- 24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
- 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
- 26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
Even the devils know that you can’t accomplish anything when you fight amongst yourselves.
Even the devils know that the secret to getting anything done is to work together.
Even the devils know that division and strife is counter-productive to the mission.
The reason that many churches cannot reach their communities is because they refuse to work together.
III. Lessons about Supplication
- 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
- 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
- 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
- 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
- 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
- 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
AV-beseech 43, comfort 23, exhort 21, desire 8, pray 6, intreat 3, misc 4, vr besought 1; 109
- to call to one’s side, call for, summon
- to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.
- to admonish, exhort
- to beg, entreat, beseech
I wonder how many times we as Christians beseech the Lord?
These devils unfortunately probably had a better prayer life than a lot of Christians!
They besought the Lord for specific direction.
Amazingly, they had their prayers answered!
I’m afraid that many of God’s people could learn a thing or two from these devils about getting prayers answered!
IV. Lessons about Scripture
- 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
- 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
One thing that is demonstrated here – the devils cannot handle the Scripture!
Jesus rebuked the devil and commanded him to GET THEE HENCE – FOR IT IS WRITTEN…
Then the devil leaveth him!
Do you want the devils of hell to leave you alone??
We can learn a lesson here from them on how to get them to tuck tail and run.
- James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
V. Lessons about Seriousness
- 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
- 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
- 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
I thought about this sad fact.
Many people struggle even to believe.
But the devils believe.
They know God exists.
They also know that there is only one God!
But what I couldn’t help but notice was that their knowledge of God produced a trembling.
1) to bristle, stiffen stand up
2) to shudder, to be struck with extreme fear, to be horrified
Many Christians today not only struggle to believe, but they have no fear of God.
There is a total lack of seriousness and soberness when it comes to spiritual things.
Believing God will produce a life of works.
No awareness of who He is and what He’s capable of.
They live their life without any recognition of the magnitude of His power and might.
The devils believe that there is only one God, and they tremble!!!
Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Paul said in Romans 3
- 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
- 17 And the way of peace have they not known:
- 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.