Mark 5:1-20 … JESUS CAUSES A COMMOTION BY FREEING A DEMON POSSESSED MAN.
Q .1. Where did Jesus and His disciples go? What did they face in the country of the Gerasenes? How great was the threat to the people? What was the man’s response to Jesus? – (Mk.5:1-6) =
Q.2. What did the demoniac actually say to Jesus? Why did he speak that way? What question did Jesus ask? Where did the demons wish to go? What happened to the demons? – (Mk.5:7-13) =
Q.3. What did the herdsmen do? How did they respond to the changed man and to Jesus? What was the exorcized man’s wish? What did Jesus tell him to do? Did he obey Jesus? – (Mk.5:14-20) =
Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
5 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
Q .1. Where did Jesus and His disciples go? What did they face in the country of the Gerasenes? How great was the threat to the people? What was the man’s response to Jesus? – (Mk.5:1-6) = Jesus had stilled the storm, and now led His disciples into a different kind of storm, when – They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes (Mk.5:1). The exorcism took place near the banks of Gergesa on the SE section of the Sea of Galilee. Mark focused on one of the two demoniacs who confronted Jesus and His disciples (Mk.5:2 c.f. Mt.8:28). This demoniac lived among the tombs, and no one could control him, even with chains (Mk.5:3-4). The demons made the man scream out, and he often gashed himself. The townsfolk were in danger from the violent man, and avoided the area (Mk.5:4-5 c.f. Mt.8:28). The demoniac’s first response to seeing Jesus, was to bow down before Him (Mk.5:6 c.f. Jms.2:19).
Q.2. What did the demoniac actually say to Jesus? Why did he speak that way? What question did Jesus ask? Where did the demons wish to go? What happened to the demons? – (Mk.5:7-13) = The demoniac recognised Jesus as God’s Son, and the demons cried out – What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me! (Mk.5:7). They reacted in this way because Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to depart from the man (Mk.5:8). Jesus firstly demanded to know the name of the demon possessing the man. The man replied – My name is Legion; for we are many (Mk.5:9). The demons then asked not to be dismissed without a body to afflict, and begged to be sent into a nearby herd of swine (Mk.5:10-12). Jesus permitted them to enter the swine, and – the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand (Mk.5:13). The swine and the demons were all drowned in the lake (Mk.5:13). Jesus would have known about the large number of demons, and doubtless required to know their name, so He could deal directly with them. It was also a valuable insight for His disciples, in the casting out of demons (c.f. Mk.9:14-29).
Q.3. What did the herdsmen do? How did they respond to the changed man and to Jesus? What was the exorcized man’s wish? What did Jesus tell him to do? Did he obey Jesus? – (Mk.5:14-20) = The incident had been witnessed by the herdsmen. They reported the event in the city, and soon the people came to see what had happened (Mk.5:14). An amazing transformation had taken place, and when – they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened (Mk.5:15 c.f. Mk.4:41). In spite of the lovely change in this man, the loss of the herd of swine was too great a cost for the townsfolk, so they – implored Him to leave their region (Mk.5:17). The man begged to stay with Jesus, but – He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” (Mk.5:19). The man obeyed, and was unstoppable. He proclaimed his amazing testimony in and around Decapolis (Mk.5:20). Jesus dispelled the myth that you need to be in ‘full time’ work to serve the Lord. He wants His disciples to shine, wherever He has placed them.
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