Q: #491. How many times did Jesus cast out a demon in the Bible?
By: Steve Shirley
A: In the Gospels, I find 12 instances where Jesus is said to have "cast out a demon." In the following chart, I will list who had the demon (was demon-possessed), and the verses where it mentions each instance.
|Who Had The Demon||Verses|
|Many||(Mk 1:32-34)(Mt 8:16-17)(Lk 4:40-41)|
|People In Galilee||(Mk 1:39)|
|A Man At The Capernaum Synagogue||(Mk 1:21-28)(Lk 4:31-37)|
|A Man In Capernaum||(Mt 9:32-33)|
|A Second Man In Capernaum?||(Mt 12:22)(Lk 11:14)|
|People In Capernaum?||(Lk 6:17-19)|
|The Gentile Woman's Daughter||(Mt 15:21-28)(Mk 7:24-30)|
|Mary Magdalene (And Other Women)||(Lk 8:2)(Mk 16:9)|
|People At The Sea Of Galilee||(Mk 3:10-12)|
|Two Men At Gergesenes (Gadarenes)||(Mt 8:28-32)(Mk 5:1-13)(Lk 8:26-33)|
|A Man's Son At Caesarea Philippi? (Mt 16:13)||(Mt 17:14-21)(Mk 9:17-29)(Lk 9:38-47)|
|A Crippled Woman||(Lk 13:10-13 - implied)|
In (Mt 10:1,8)(Mk 6:7,13)(Lk 9:1)(Mk 3:15), Jesus gave His 12 disciples (and the 70 - Lk 10:1,17-20) "power over unclean spirits."
In 5 of these instances, Jesus "spoke" to the demon in the process of casting it out. In the previous question, I list how many times Jesus spoke to a demon in the Gospels.
***Note: It is interesting to note that Jesus is never shown to cast out a demon, or speak to a demon in the Gospel of John.