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Matthew 8:28–34

The Word of God

When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.

Matthew 8:28–34

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The drama of this incident can easily hide something that is mentioned twice: the power of Jesus was recognised and created discomfort. When we are familiar with Jesus and with calling on his name, it is easy for us to lose this sense of awe. If we really draw close to Jesus it will change our lives! Our choices will be different, our hopes will change; how we spend our energies will be directed by him.