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Read Luke 8:26-39

Thursday

Read Luke 8:26-39

26 Jesus and his disciples sailed on over to the territory of Gerasa,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 As Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a man from the town who had demons in him. For a long time this man had gone without clothes and would not stay at home, but spent his time in the burial caves. 28 When he saw Jesus, he gave a loud cry, threw himself down at his feet, and shouted, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God! What do you want with me? I beg you, don't punish me!” 29 He said this because Jesus had ordered the evil spirit to go out of him. Many times it had seized him, and even though he was kept a prisoner, his hands and feet tied with chains, he would break the chains and be driven by the demon out into the desert.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is ‘Mob,’” he answered—because many demons had gone into him. 31 The demons begged Jesus not to send them into the abyss.[b]

32 There was a large herd of pigs near by, feeding on a hillside. So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he let them. 33 They went out of the man and into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned.

34 The men who had been taking care of the pigs saw what happened, so they ran off and spread the news in the town and among the farms. 35 People went out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were all afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the man had been cured. 37 Then all the people from that territory asked Jesus to go away, because they were terribly afraid. So Jesus got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged Jesus, “Let me go with you.”

But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Go back home and tell what God has done for you.”

The man went through the town, telling what Jesus had done for him.

Footnotes:
Luke 8:26 Gerasa; some manuscripts have Gadara (see Mt 8.28); others have Gergesa.
Luke 8:31 It was thought that the demons were to be imprisoned in the depths of the earth until their final punishment.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

When the man met Jesus he threw himself down at his feet and cried: "I beg you, don't punish me!" (Verse 28) . I wonder how many times this troubled man had been punished by the community for circumstances beyond his control.

Pray

Lord sometimes we don't see the 'mob' of circumstances, of struggle, of pain, that causes people to do what they do.  Help us to be compassionate - and in prayer and faith to bring those problems to you to cast into the sea.


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