The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

02/25/2015

The man with a legion – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:01

Where in the bible can we read about Jesus delivering the man with a legion?

We can read about it in:

Matt. 8:28-34
Mark 5:1-20
Luke 8:26-39

What is the story in a nutshell?

Jesus came by boat to an area south east of the lake of Galilee. There a possessed man came against him, and Jesus commanded the evil spirits to leave the man. The spirits left and entered into a herd of swine that immediately threw themselves into the lake and drowned.

Another way to put it is, Jesus went to see a man who had a calling from God. The evil spirits had been successful so far in perverting his calling, but when Jesus delivered him, he was totally set free and began his ministry for God.

Why does Matthew mention two possessed, while Mark and Luke mention one?

Mark 5:2
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Matt. 8:28 (KJV)
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.

(The NKJV says “two possessed men” but the word “men” is not in the original text)

There is a theory, about the difference between Matthew’s story and the stories of Mark and Luke, based on whether they acknowledged women and children or not. Matthew not only acknowledged men, but he also wrote about women and children. Mark and Luke didn’t do that. Let’s take the story about Jesus feeding 5,000 as an example.

Mark 6:44
Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

Matt. 14:21
Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Now, let’s get back to the question why Matthew talks about two possessed. Notice that he says “two possessed”, not “two possessed men”. It might be that the two possessed were a man and a woman.
To make it simple, we will just talk about a man.

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