by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 5 (5 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

People choose pigs over Jesus - vs. 1-23

1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

"People choose pigs over Jesus", is an interesting and sad story of a city who threw Jesus out of their coast because of the healing of a demon possessed man as well as Jesus destruction of a bunch of pigs or swine. Jesus displayed His supernatural power over the underworld, the host of demons. As Since Jesus displayed His power already over satan He would have no problem over the devil's subjects.

When Jesus was in the country of the Gadarenes, He was met by a demon possessed man. The word, met, depicts a hostile meeting. The man was described as being possessed with devils or demons. He also came out of the tombs, a place where the dead were buried. This was the place where he lived. He was possessed or under the power of demons.

According to Jewish thought, demons entered certain individuals, and held possession of them, not only to afflict them with ills, but also to dethrone the reason and take its place themselves; accordingly the possessed would express the mind and consciousness of the demons dwelling in them; and their cure was thought to require the expulsion of the demon through exorcism. This man was so possessed with demons that he lost all of his own personality and reason and only reflected the dictates of the demons. The text does not state how many, but it is clear they were many; nor does the text state why he was possessed.

It is clear that many works written on demonism written today are indeed written by those influenced by demons themselves. The purpose in many of these books is to emphasize something sensational and i ...

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