First Demonic Possesssion in the BIBLE

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First Demonic Possesssion in the BIBLE

Post  Littlelamb on Tue 05 Aug 2008, 9:28 pm

Our Sunday message was about the first demonic possession in the BIBLE.

It is found in Matthew 8:28-34.

Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. 33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

The story is repeated in Mark Chapter 5:

Mark 5:1 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: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. :6 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. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

The lesson is about the indwelling of demonic spirits, that were sent into a heard of swine. The demonic spirits asked to be sent away, and JESUS sent them into the heard of swine. Now, when the city heard all that happened, they came to the place where JESUS was. Here is what amazed me. They asked JESUS to leave.

My first response to the verse was that the whole city was afraid of JESUS.

Why would a whole city want JESUS to depart?

Does this remind us of how the world looks at CHRIST, today?

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Re: First Demonic Possesssion in the BIBLE

Post  Waqar Daniel on Tue 05 Aug 2008, 9:55 pm

A thought provoking question and indeed I would say that today's world shouts the same slogan that the Jews shouted at the trial of Jesus Crucify Him. Today's world is same as it was at the trial of Jesus, they would pick up a criminal over Jesus. They will chose to follow the satan because satan does not show them their real face in the mirror. It is a great article that you have written and I thank you for sharing it here.

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