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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-22-2003
Happy Thanksgiving. As I send this out, a football game is being played near my hometown, between Michigan and Ohio State. In that region, it is simply referred to as, "The Game." The Big Ten championship and a possible national title are at stake. Well, few of us would qualify in either physical size or athletic ability (They don't very many 5'3" linebackers) to play in that game. However we are all key players in the biggest contest of all; the kingdom of Light versus the kingdom of darkness. Next year, we'll hardly remember who won that football game, but in this contest the rewards are eternal.
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
111: The Gadarene Demoniacs Healed: Mt. 8:28-34; Mk. 5:1-20; Lu. 8:26-39
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.
After crossing the Sea of Galilee, the group landed at town of Gadara which was one of ten original towns that made up the area of Decapolis. Decapolis was a region which was settled by Greek soldiers, who left the Greek army after the death of Alexander the Great in 356 B.C. Thus the region was a mixture of Jews, Greeks and Romans. The region was in constant religious conflict, between the monotheistic Jews and the Greeks who condoned and promoted homosexuality and idol worship. After the area was subdued by the Romans, the conflicts increased. Jesus did not shy away from this area, because of it’s sinfulness, He fulfilled prophesy by visiting it (Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16; Romans 5:20).
Upon landing, Jesus was met by two men possessed of many devils. These men had been driven out of their town and left to dwell naked among the tombs. Many attempts to restrain them failed. They simply broke the chains and terrorized the area so that no man could pass by that way. All of this changed when they saw Jesus. The devils recognized Him as the Son of God and cried out that they not be sent to pit that is reserved for their final doom (Revelation 20:3), before the appointed time. Jesus commanded the devils to come out of the man and honored their request that they be allowed to enter into a nearby herd of two thousand swine. The swine wouldn’t tolerant the presence of the devils and stampeded into the sea. Those who saw the incident ran into the city and notified the owners of the swine. They came and found at least one of the men clothed and sitting at the feet of Jesus. Their commercial interest being affected, they asked Jesus to leave and He complied.
The delivered man begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus instructed him to return to his friends and tell the good news of his deliverance.
Luke 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
Conclusion and Application:
The devil cannot remain silent in the presence of Jesus or those who are filled with His Spirit (Mark 1:25; Luke 4:34-36; Acts 16:17). We have the same conflicts today that were present in the region of Decapolis. Paganism and gross immorality abound in our land. We don’t shy away. We, like this man, go and tell the great things God has done for us The best defense of the gospel is our personal testimony (John 9:25). Once I was blind, now I see!
The junior executive had been complaining to his wife of aches and pains. Neither one could account for his trouble. Arriving home from work one night, he informed her, "I finally discovered why I've been feeling so miserable. We got some ultra-modern office furniture two weeks ago and I just learned today that I've been sitting in the wastebasket."
You Can't Outgive God, He Has a Bigger Shovel.
Don & Marie Spooner
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