August 29, 2017

Today you should read: Mark 5:1-20

In our passage today, we are dealing with an account of a man who was suffering from demon possession (cf. unclean spirit, verse 2). This unclean spirit was giving him supernatural strength that was causing fear in the residents of the town. He was consistently found yelling and causing harm to himself, which I’m sure would have made him someone the people avoided at all costs! One of the proofs of the man’s demon possession is that he suffered from self-destructive tendencies. The demons main goal is to destroy God’s creation.

But when Jesus found him, he did not fear the man or the unclean spirits that resided within him; rather, he engaged him and commanded the spirits to leave him. We can tell by verse 8 that Jesus had been commanding the demons many times to come out of him but they had not obeyed. The demons finally left the man and fled into pigs that were in the area; what is to note from this is the nature of the unclean pigs as well as the large amount of pigs showing how great the demon possession of this man was.

After he is freed from the possession of demons, he asks to be with Jesus but Jesus tells him to go and declare all that Jesus had done for him.

What does this mean for us?

What this passage is saying is that God has full power and authority over all sin and evil in this world. In light of this, we see just how powerless we are over sin and evil, and therefore how desperate we are for a Savior. Our response can simply be drawn from the interaction with the formerly demon possessed man and Jesus: out of thankfulness, we are to boldly proclaim what Jesus has done in our life.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

7 thoughts on “August 29, 2017”

    1. Praise the Lord for that Scott! Addictions can be a demon of their own right, and I pray that you can continue in your freedom from them.

      I always read this passage with a certain degree of astonishment since, on the surface at least, it appears that Jesus actually negotiated with the demons. Whatever the reason, his power over both the physical and spiritual realm were on full display – frightening enough to the villagers that they asked him to leave, but nevertheless undeniable.

  1. This passage has always confused me and awed me at the same time. I wonder why the Legion didn’t come out the first time. Wouldn’t they have to immediately obey the authority of God? Also, what if the owners of the pigs? God owes no one anything, that’s not my point. But wouldn’t they have argument over Jesus for the loss of property? I know this is not the point of the passage but these are the things I wonder about. Is that why the people asked Jesus to leave or was it because they feared Jesus for some reason, like they were afraid they would have to turn from their son, or was it just the simple fact He was so powerful and it scared them? These are just my own speculations and I don’t doubt any of the story, I just wonder about these details.

    1. Those are some great questions! In terms of the Legion responding to Jesus, I think two things should be kept in mind: (1) how often do we deliberately disobey the commands of Jesus? The disobedience of the Demons is similar to the disobedience of ourselves. (2) They eventually did obey Jesus! In the end, the authority of Jesus won out.
      Concerning the pigs, after doing some research, here’s something I found: “If the pigs’ owners were Jews, Jesus could have been rebuking them for violating Mosaic law which forbids Jews from eating or keeping unclean animals such as swine (Leviticus 11:7). If the swineherds were Gentiles, perhaps Jesus was using this miraculous event to show them the malice of evil spirits under whose influence they lived, as well as displaying His own power and authority over creation. In any case, the owners were so terrified to be in the presence of such spiritual power that they made no demand for restitution for the loss of their property and begged Jesus to leave the region. The people were awe-struck but unrepentant—they wanted no more of Jesus Christ. This shows the hardness of their hearts and their desire to remain in sin.” (Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-demons-pigs.html)

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