More Markianisms…

In Mark 1, Jesus tells the unclean spirit to silence himself; literally: muzzle yourself. Nowadays, “shut up!”  Prior, in the wilderness temptation (see Matthew 4 for a detailed account), the devil would not shut up. He kept asking Jesus questions in an attempt to make him dependent upon satan’s gifts. Jesus took the time to answer every one of his questions with unquestioned authority. In Mark 1:21-28, the evil spirit (unclean spirit) asks two questions. This time Jesus does not answer him. He simply tells him to shut up, as if to say: “Your days of questioning are coming to an end.”

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