Demons Are Cast Into Swine
Verse 1 – Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gadarenes.
Verse 2 – And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Verse 3 – who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,
Are there still demonic spirits that exist today? Yes. In the New Testament, Paul addresses “principalities and powers” in the Colossian letter. In Ephesians, he warned against the rulers of darkness. Jesus and His disciples saw quite a few demon possessed people they cleansed. Why do you think there were so many visible then, and not so much in our day and time? Because we live in a world now where anything goes. This world’s society doesn’t recognize wickedness for what it is.
Ephesians 5:18 – and do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit… Dissipation – overindulgence – a descent into drunkenness and sexual dissipation.
Verse 4 – because he had been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackle broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
Verse 5 – And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Verse 6 – But when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
Although Matthew said this man, made it impossible for travelers to pass, and Luke says he was naked, Mark is the only gospel that says the man ran to Jesus to worship Him.
Verse 7 – And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
Verse 8 – For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
Verse 9 – Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
This explained the supernatural power the man had, because a legion of Roman soldiers was between 3,000 and 6,000 men. No wonder the poor man was out of his mind. It would have been enough for just one demon to have possession.
Verse 10 – And he begged Him earnestly that He wold not send them out of the country. (Into the abyss of hell, Luke 8:31.)
Verse 11 – Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.
Verse 12 – And all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”
Jesus could have sent them to hell, but the time of judgment had not come yet.
Verse 13 – And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
Verse 14 – Now those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
Verse 15 – Then they came to Jesus , and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
What’s odd, is that the people were more afraid of the One who cast out the demons than the demons themselves that were in the man.
Verse 16 – And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine.
Verse 17 – Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.
So, why would they beg Jesus to leave? Perhaps they assumed He would destroy more of their stock. They had never seen such supernatural power before and it scared them. The man that had the demon-possessions, however, didn’t bother them so much, because they had left him alone. But Jesus scared them.
Verse 18 – And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.
Verse 19 – However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
This was mainly a Gentile region (We know this because they had pigs and the Jews didn’t have anything to do with pigs), and Jesus knew He wouldn’t get much resistance from the religious leaders there, so it would be alright to tell what had happened.
Verse 20 – And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him, and all marveled.
Do you tell others what the Lord has done in your life? All through scripture, we are to tell of the goodness and lovingkindness of the Lord. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all people (1 Chronicles 16:24).
Verse 21 – Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
Verse 22 – And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jarius by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet.
Jarius was the elected ruler of this particular synagogue. The leaders were usually connected with the Pharisees, so this was no small act that Jarius would show respect by falling at Jesus feet.
Verse 23 – And begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
Jarius was desperate for his little girl to live, so no matter what he had to do, he didn’t care what others thought. He also knew about the method of Jesus healing, by laying on of hands. How far are we willing to go in a desperate situation to see another healed?
Verse 24 – So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. (Thronged – crowding together, pressing in.)
Verse 25 – Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
Verse 26 – and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
Verse 27 – When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment;
This is taking place while on the way to Jarius’ house. According to Jewish law, this woman wasn’t even supposed to be out in public, but she was desperate. She had heard about Jesus and knew if she could just touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed.
Verse 28 – for she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Verse 29 – Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
Verse 30 – And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
Isn’t it amazing that crowds of people were surrounding Jesus as they walked, but only one reached out and touched Him?
Verse 31 -But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?”
Verse 32 – And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
Verse 33 – But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
According to the Law, Leviticus 15:19, even the one that comes in contact with her, is unclean until evening. Perhaps she was trembling because she thought Jesus would be angry.
Verse 34 – And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
This woman had put her faith into action. Faith without action, is not faith at all. This is the only occurrence where Jesus addresses a woman by saying, “Daughter.” Then Jesus assured this woman that her healing was permanent.
Jarius’ Daughter Is Healed
Verse 35 – While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”
Verse 36 – As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
I believe we have all been in hopeless situations before. Sometimes to the point of fear, and wanting to stop believing. The crises Jarius was in, is the most devastating, when a loved one is dying and we can’t do anything about it. But let me tell you something I know from experience: There is always hope when you have the attention of Jesus! We are to watch, pray, and believe that all things work for our good, for those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.
Verse 37 – And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
Verse 38 – Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
Verse 39 – When He came in He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
Verse 40 – And they laughed Him to scorn. But when He had put them out, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
Verse 41 – Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cu mi,” which translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
Talitha, cu mi, is Aramaic, the original language of Palestine. The little girls spirit returned to her body by His command.
Verse 42 – Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
Verse 43 – But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
Jesus didn’t want people following Him just to seek the miracles. However, people knew Jarius’ daughter had died and then lived. That miracle would be hard to keep quiet. We are not to follow Jesus just for miracles. The Bible says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” The kingdom of God and His righteousness is what we are to seek, and the rest of what we need will be added unto us!