Friday, August 18 - Fishing For Resistance

Matthew 4:23-25

Let's talk about demoniacs. The scripture here makes a distinction between epileptics and demoniacs, which indicates that perhaps the population back then did recognize one from the other. My handy study Bible says that the demon possession represents the invasive rule of empire -- political, military and economic control. In healing demoniacs, Jesus "counters the sinful effects of the imperial system, and anticipates the promised time [of] God's empire..." (The New Interpreter's Study Bible, pg. 1754).

How might Jesus resist and subvert empire today? Who would he heal? Who would he call as a disciple?