“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-46

Having taught His disciples a very important Truth (one which we need to keep in mind), Jesus arrived on the other shore and went into the country of the Gergesenes. Matthew recounts this for us in Chapter 8:28-34. "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 and, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought Him, saying, If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts." Two demon possessed men, coming out of the tombs, met Jesus. The demons speaking through the men asked Jesus what this was all about. The truly remarkable thing is that they recognized Him as the Son of God. These demons knew that He is God but sinful men refuse to believe it, all too often. The demons feared that their judgment had arrived. Hoping that wasn't going to happen right then, they asked to be allowed to go into the herd of swine. This, they were allowed to do. When they entered the swine, the herd stampeded into the sea and perished. A whole herd of swine couldn't contain the evil found in those two men! Those caring for the herd were terrified and fled. They told of what happened and the whole city came out to meet Jesus. However, they urged Him to leave their area. We can only speculate as to why they wanted Him to leave. Fear and/ or awareness that He was God, with the implications to them, may have prompted their desire to have Him leave. What an awful thing to ask God to leave us alone! Selah! One wonders if the loss of their assets meant more to them than the wonderful healing of two men who were bound in demonic possession. Ron

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