The Traveling Preacher

Jesus Delivers the Demoniac

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While passing through the region of Gerasene, Jesus encountered a demon possessed man who was shouting and causing panic among the people in that area. Jesus recognized that the man was being held hostage by several demons who had taken control of his body and mind.  

Sensing the power that Jesus had to control the demons, the man begged Him to go away, but He refused.  Instead, Jesus ordered the demons to leave the man and take up residence in a herd of pigs.  Once the demons were in the pigs, the pigs became frantic and rushed away from Jesus, falling over a cliff where they died from the trauma.

This miracle changed the man who had been forced by the demon possession to leave his family and live among the tombs.  Once released from the demons, he went around telling everyone about Jesus and his power to change lives. 

Questions to Consider:

  1. How do you think the man’s mother and father felt when they saw him healed and in his right mind returning to them?

  2. Do you think his family and friends came to believe in Jesus also because of his healing?

  3. Why do you think the people begged Jesus to go away from their region instead of being amazed at His healing the man possessed by demons?

  4. What would you do if you saw Jesus heal a man like this?

Background to the Story:

  • This story follows Mark 5:1-20.  Parallel stories for this book are found in Matthew 8:28-34 and Luke 8:26-39. 

  • Pigs were considered unclean animals by the Jewish people because of food restrictions in Leviticus 11:7.  Jesus declared all foods clean in the New Testament in Mark 7:14-23.

  • Decapolis means “ten cities” and refers to a group of towns east of the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee during the time of Isa.

Reference - Mark 5:1-20