Miracles of Jesus
Jesus exorcises a legion of demons from a man
MARK 5 VERSE 6 THROUGH 9
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, what have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, what is thy name? And he answered, saying, my name is Legion: for we are many.
What an amazing scene! A man who was possessed by not one, not a few, but many demons, about 2,000 in fact. Observe what happens.
Jesus came across the sea to a certain place apparently intent on spreading his message to the people of that region, a message that included great healings and teachings. Jesus’s first act, after stepping off the ship, is to free a man who was possessed by many demons. Consider the exchange that took place. Jesus did not pursue this man, the man pursued him. Why did he run to Jesus? Was this man seeking to be freed from the demons? Perhaps, but the Word does not seem to indicate that. It would appear that it was the demons who spoke with Jesus. The demons ran to Him, worshipped (in this context it likely means the man bowed down, not necessarily that they worshipped him.) and begged that he not be tormented.
It is not possible to run from the Living God. Even demons must bow before the One.
Why did the demons desire to be cast into the swine? Could they not have just left and gone somewhere else? Perhaps, but when Jesus casts out a demon, I suspect there is no returning to anyone. Perhaps, however, the demons thought that by possessing the swine and then killing them, they could impede Jesus’s progress in this place because they knew the people would value the swine and ask Jesus to leave. If that were the case, then they were right; the men of this place did ask Jesus to leave. However, their attempt to impede the Living Word did not succeed. Jesus sent the man into his country where he spoke of Jesus and what he had done.
Nothing can impede the plans of God.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
Do we allow material things to stand between us and God? Do we put our money, or the source of our money (jobs, investments, inheritance) before Jesus; the Savior of the world? STOP! When the Savior comes to speak with us, let us be still and listen to what He has to say.
Are we discouraged when we share the gospel with others when they do not accept it? If so, we need not be discouraged. If God’s living plan is to open the heart of a man, nothing can stand in His way. It may not appear at a time when we are present, but if it is part of God’s plan, then it will come to pass.
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