- In what different ways does Jesus exercise his authority here?
What kind of questions did such actions make people ask?
On what did they repeatedly focus attention?
- How were these Galilaean fishermen to become personal soul-winners?
What were the conditions and the cost of the realization of such a surprising suggestion?
Is there any reason why a similar change could not happen in my life?
- Verse 22. The scribes quoted the great authorities. Jesus spoke as if he himself were the supreme authority. Cf. ‘But I tell you’ (Matt. 5:21, 22, 32-34)
- Verse 25-27. Jesus did not invoke God’s name like Jewish exorcists.
He spoke as if the decisive authority was his own; and it ‘worked’. The unclean spirits obeyed him.