Summary: I want to give you some certainties. Freedom belongs to every child of God. Peace is yours. You have total authority in Jesus’ name. Right now, you can completely surrender to God’s will
Mark 5:1-13ASB Deliverance
They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2 When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” 8 For He had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”9 And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. 12 The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them.” 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.
This area was about 6 miles SE of the Sea of Galilee. In that day and time, those who were demented lived around the tombs.
Mark mentions one man, but Matthew 8, mentions two. Probably, Mark writes about the worse of the two.
This demon possessed man isn’t named; however, the demons named him Legion. (Demons love to boost)
“Isn’t is amazing that before Jesus ever approached this man, Christ was speaking words of deliverance. (Jesus spoke faith!)”
Once, this man had a name, and once he lived in a home with parents maybe good, or maybe bad. Nonetheless he once had a family.
Many people had tried to help him possibly for years, but no man could tame him. The Greek in this text uses multiple negatives emphasizing the man’s tremendous strength. (Demons aim to steal, kill and destroy.)
Fact: What these demons didn’t know was, Jesus had been in a terrible storm getting to the other side. Jesus was exhausted from ministering, so He was asleep in the boat. Suddenly, He’s awakened by His disciples.
Jesus arouse and spoke, “Peace be still!” Upon speaking, complete silence settled upon the sea immediately.
Mark 5:6-8TM When he saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him—then bellowed in protest, "What business do you have, Jesus, Son of the High God, messing with me? I swear to God, don't give me a hard time!" (Jesus had just commanded the tormenting evil spirit, "Out! Get out of the man!")
Maybe you would asks, “Is there place for the Enemy in one who has been saved and even baptized in the Holy Spirit?”