The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

02/26/2015

The man with a legion – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 12:18

What do we know about the possessed man?

• He had been a citizen, but he had left the city because of evil spirits (Luke 8:27,29)
• He had his dwelling among the tombs (Mark 5:2-3)
• He was naked (Luke 8:27)
• He was exceedingly fierce (Matt. 8:28)
• He had extraordinary strength (Mark 5:4)
• He was crying out (Mark 5:5)
• He was cutting himself with stones (Mark 5:5)
• He was often seized by the evil spirits (Luke 8:29)

How would we have diagnosed the man, had he lived today?

Doubtless, we would have diagnosed the man as having mental problems. However, the bible says that the man was possessed by evil spirits, and Jesus commanded them to leave the man. When the man had been set free the bible tells that he had his clothes on, and that he was in his right mind.

Mark 5:15
Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind

What does the information, that the evil spirits had driven the man from the city and out into the wilderness, tell us?

It tells us that the evil spirits want to destroy social fellowship. In this case the evil spirits made the man homeless. That in turn tells us that a homeless person might need deliverance, not just food and accommodation for the night.

Luke 8:27
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

Luk 8:29
… he … was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

When the man had been set free, he wanted fellowship again. We can see that, because he wanted to follow Jesus (Mark 5:18), and because he began to proclaim, in the city of Decapolis, all that Jesus had done for him (Mark 5:20).

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