Week 04 | Monday | Mark 5:1-13
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So they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. Just as Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met him. He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, but he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God —do not torment me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” He begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of the region. There on the hillside, a great herd of pigs was feeding. And the demonic spirits begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” Jesus gave them permission. So the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about 2,000 were drowned in the lake. (Mark 5.1–13 NET)
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Resources for the Reading
If it helps anyone to watch or listen, here is the LUMO video for Mark 5. It is narrated in the ESV.
I wonder why Legion was concerned about being cast out of the region. Makes me wonder where these evil spirits go when they are cast out, except for the pigs this time, of course 😅
The demon possessed man, and I assume it is the demons talking, says “…I implore you by God…”. Is this significant? What god is he talking about?
Jesus is moving forward with an authority that is immediately noticed by the spiritual beings around Him, yet so many are ignorant OR even accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub.
In Ch. 3:27 we are reminded that Jesus has come and first he must bind up the strong man before the plundering of the house. Here we see that, but it's not in binding but in freeing that the enemy is bound.
how do you read the words of legion?
"When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God —do not torment me!”
|⇡1||Read-Scripture Textual Note: Some manuscripts have Gadarenes, and others have Gergasenes.|
|⇡2||Read-Scripture Context Note: Living among the tombs, from a Jewish perspective, would have made the man ritually-impure/unclean.|
|⇡3||Read-Scripture Translation Note: The verb here is in the imperfect, indicating undefined or durative action: 'Jesus had been saying to him...', 'Jesus began saying to him...', 'Jesus started saying to him...', etc)|