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Mark 5:18-20

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As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, 'Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.' And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Mark 5:18-20
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    • I take some time to notice how much the Lord has done for me. I ask God to help me to grow in a sense of gratitude and in trust.
    • Not everyone is sent to be a missionary overseas. Jesus sent this man back home to his friends to witness to the work of God. Perhaps this is where he sends me too.
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    • The ‘legion’ of evil spirits was destroying the man possessed. Yet Jesus engaged with the demons and listened to what they had to say. What a lesson in humility and compassion!
    • The people ’were afraid’. Of what? They no longer needed to be afraid of the demoniac. Was it because Jesus had allowed their swine to be drowned? Were their possessions more important to them than the company of Jesus?
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    • This is a story of liberation. A lonely man, gripped by forces beyond his strength, is suffering deep conflict and turmoil. Jesus meets him in this tomb-place. The man is attracted but also afraid. He wonders what will Jesus do to him. But Jesus simply heals him and restores him to his friends.
    • Can I identify with the demoniac? Do I sometimes live in the tombs of self-destruction, negativity and self-criticism? What chains of addiction shackle me? I run to Jesus. I ask him to free me so that my true self may emerge. I am, after all, the beloved of God! May I never forget this.
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    • The land of the Gerasenes was in largely pagan territory, some thirty seven miles from the Sea of Galilee. The gruesome description of the demoniac is truly gripping, but for that reason one must reckon with the possibility of a powerful imagination making a powerful theological as well as narrative point. As the story now stands, Mark's story is a gruesome depiction of the alienation of the demoniac from self, neighbour and God pointing to the healing, liberating message of Christ. However, to think that a ‘historical' demon speaks to Jesus, not to mention the story of panicky pigs jumping into the Sea of Galilee, strains credulity. What may well lie at the back of the story is that Jesus once performed an ‘exorcism', a healing, of a very tortured individual near Gerasa in a territory normally outside the scene of his activity. This story may have remained in the collective minds of Jesus' disciples, and the story of the pigs who were drowned in the sea is probably an addendum to the story; a jibe at those ‘unclean' Gentiles who refused Jesus' message, and who thought that the Jewish custom of not eating pork was comic.
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    • I take some time to notice how much the Lord has done for the. I ask God to help me to grow in a sense of gratitude and in trust.
    • Not everyone is sent to be a missionary overseas. Jesus sent this man back home to his friends to witness to the work of God. Perhaps this is where he sends me too.