Mark 1:32-34 NKJV states, “At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He DID NOT ALLOW (emphasis mine) the demons to speak, because they knew Him.”
I don’t know about you, but that concept of Jesus not allowing demons to speak because they knew Him has bothered me for a long time. I just did not get it. Now I did get it if Jesus wanted to keep their traps shut because they would be talking smack. After all, they were the true enemies. Why wouldn’t Jesus want the demons to testify as to who He was? They knew. They really knew. The people Jesus was teaching, healing, and freeing from demon possession perhaps hoped or had an inkling He was the Promised One, but they did not really grasp the true identity of Jesus, the Son of God. I would have thought, let’s get this show on the road! Would it not help them to hear out loud that this was really who they have been waiting and praying for? I’m thinking, let’s get the truth out there so more have the opportunity to know this Jesus was so much more than a carpenter’s son. Good thing I wasn’t consulted on this decision.
Jesus, with all of the authority given Him by the Father did NOT ALLOW these demons to speak. Noah Webster defines allow as-to admit: as to allow the truth of a proposition; to allow a claim. As I sat quietly in the Presence of God asking Him to give me an understanding of this Word, I was prompted to look at the origin of the ones choosing to speak. The demons, our true enemies in which we are engaged in spiritual battle, are spoken of in Ephesians 6:12 that says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Demons are led and commissioned by Satan, also known as the father of lies. Of course it was not a lie that the demons knew Jesus as God and were willing to testify out loud to that fact. However; those same demons are inherently liars seeking to kill and destroy us. We should never listen to them under any circumstances. Even if they speak the Word as Satan did in the wilderness when he tempted Jesus, we are reminded that everything proceeding from their mouths is conniving, deceitful, and twisted.
How do we listen to demons? When your mind has doubts, and you waiver back and forth. When you worry. When you don’t know if you can trust anything or anyone beyond yourself. When you harbor on thoughts of negativity. When you believe something awful that was said about you. When you care about pleasing others and getting their approval to feel good about yourself. When you can’t imagine God could ever forgive you. When you are consumed with guilt and shame. When you won’t let go of the pain inflicted by others, upon you or those you love, feeling justified in your bitterness. Whatever goes against God’s best for us. Anything that you entertain in your mind and heart that does not align with what God says about you- your true identity-is listening to what demons say.
Jesus desired for His identity to be revealed by the Father, not by demons. Therefore He did NOT ALLOW them to speak. Friend, He wants the same for you too. The same authority given to Jesus has been given to His followers. Tell the demons when they try to speak who you are they are NOT ALLOWED in Jesus’ Name. They will be given no choice but to flee. Counter the attack by seeking your true identity found in Christ and His Word. ALLOW His voice to speak into your life.