The mission of the Messiah, 1:5-9:50
3. The signs of the Messiah, 4:31-6:11
i] The sign at Capernaum - Lord over darkness
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i] Context: See 1:5-25. This passage is the first episode in the third section, The signs of the Messiah, 4:31-6:11, a section which deals with the acts of the Messiah, acts which reveal the nature of the messiah's authority. The six episodes are in the form of messianic signs which together reveal the simple truth, "he does what only God can do"; thus "he supersedes all authorities before him, and sets forth to Israel a new and startling meaning of Messiah's person and rule", Ellis. Other than the second episode, The sign of the fish, 5:1-11, all the episodes are paralleled in Mark. Matthew has a similar story to Luke's sign of the fish (usually viewed as taken from Q).
ii] Structure: This passage, The sign at Capernaum, presents as follows: