And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 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, Mark 5:2-4.
His demonic strength kept anyone from being able to bind or team him, but by night and day his screams were heard as he slit himself with stones.
But upon seeing Jesus the man bowed down before him and the demon cried out, "What do you have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you before God, don't torment me!" For Jesus had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
Jesus asked the demon his name. My name is Legion; for we are many, he replied. The demon continued begging Jesus not to send them out of the country. "And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep." Luke 8:31.
A large herd of swine was feeding nearby. When given permission they entered the swine and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned. The herd numbered about two thousand pigs.
The herdsmen reported what happened and many came out to see for themselves. They were surprised to see Jesus and the formerly demon-possessed man sitting quietly fully clothed. They asked Jesus to leave their region.
As Jesus was departing, the delivered man wanted to go with Jesus and become a disciple. But Jesus instructed him to return to his home and report what great things God had done for him. He did become a great testifier for Jesus in the region of the Decapolis, a region largely populated by Gentiles. He faithfully proclaimed his testimony and everyone was amazed.
Demons or evil spirits have abilities to take control of one’s body or mind. What they do is possess, subdue, suppress, repress and master.
When possessed it means the person is now owned, and the evil spirits have complete power over that person, and they can be manifested whichever or whatever way they want through that person’ speech or actions.
They literally take control of that person; have power over, take over, have mastery over, cast a spell over, bewitch, control, dominate, influence, etc.
This man here had an unclean/ evil spirit; he was demon possessed man. A quick note there, one can still worship God but still be demon possessed.
Evil spirits were the first to acknowledge Jesus as the son of the most high God. How did they know? It isn’t revelation, but they knew because they’ve been with him in heaven - remember these are fallen Angels, and they know their fate - the deep/Abyss.
When possessed by an evil spirit, it tears your life apart; it wouldn’t matter how much people try to help you, you’ll still break loose to that state again and again - you can’t be tamed, not by flesh or blood. You snap off, and smash everything that’s supposed to help you. No one, nothing, not even education or religion is strong enough to control you. Remember the Lord said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10). That’s the reason they invade a life.
So this man ran to Jesus, and worshipped him.
Two things could have happened;
- He was ok running to Jesus but quickly the spirit controlled his speech, or
- the demon made him run so it could beg not to be casted.
So this man ran to Jesus, and worshipped him, "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." Mark 5:7
Today I think you’ll be able to see that anyone can worship God; "the devils also believe, and tremble." James 2:19.
Job 1:6 says, "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them." And all he presented himself for was to beg for Job’s life. He said, "...put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face." Job 1:11
Now with legion; the evil spirit begged Jesus with a loud voice,
“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." They were comfortable there so they wanted to stay.
It’s just not about this man, but even among believers; they’ve situations begging for them - "I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not." For a very long time this man his dwelling was among tombs. Nothing was happening, he was good as dead, but the devil couldn’t care less. He could not be tamed! That’s how evil spirits torment mankind - no progress! Their lives are stolen from them.
Jesus said "unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit" (Mark 5:8).
The unclean spirit went out, and behold now he is tameable, and sendable. He had a normal life after this and people were awestruck by his story.
You need deliverance?
This experience can also happen to you when you come to Jesus. He said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Prayer of Salvation
Have you ever made Jesus the Lord and Saviour of your life? If not, pray this prayer and start a new life in Christ.
Dear God in heaven,
I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with you, and I want to be right with you. I ask you to forgive me of all my sins, and come into my heart and change me. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of my life. Deliver me from all appearances of evil. Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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