In living the Jewish faith and being close to God, Christ is recognised for his knowledge and questions are raised as to whether this is a new teaching (Mark 1.27). His authority is undetermined and his teaching appears to be very different to the norm. This is scary for some as they have a difficulty in determining his agenda (Mark 1.24). Whilst in this particular case it is the result of "supernatural" knowledge it is still upsetting. The question raised is an interesting one for it is the question I raised in the previous paragraph, although not spelled out - are you going to be a dictator or someone from God? As we ourselves grow in faith this is a question that we have to ask ourselves - are we going to dictate what others do or are we going to encourage others to emulate God? In reaching out to obtain knowledge we are also reaching out to obtain power. In striving for knowledge we are also striving with ourselves as we apply that knowledge. We can become power hungry and use our knowledge to dictate how others are to behave, both openly and subtly. We are all familiar with the use of knowledge and power to delude people into thinking one thing while our "secret" behaviour is the opposite. This gives rise to inappropriate behaviours and bullying for the sake of our own self importance.
It sometimes takes an effort to read the right path and not follow tradition
Christ makes it very clear that this is not the his way by rebuking the "unclean" spirit. In the same manner Paul also rebukes those whose behaviour is misleading. How then can we determine what is right behaviour within our faith journey? How can we determine that our actions are actually sowing the seeds of community and peace rather than discord and anger? Tradition is not always something that should be blindly followed. In increasing our knowledge and our faith we determine our actions that reflect Christ. This may seem at odds with tradition where tradition has gone astray. Just as Christ often did things that appeared to be contrary to tradition but actually fulfilled what God commanded. If we are blind to our actions we may well lead people along the wrong path or misguide them by seemingly using knowledge without bringing love and understanding into their lives. Understand that we are walking with God not that we are walking for our own agendas. Walk the walk of Christ and not the walk of humanity so that we can change attitudes, worn out dogmas and traditions to create the new life in Christ.