The God Who Gives You Your Life Back

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by John Mark. More specifically today’s passage is found in verses twenty-one through forty-three of the fifth chapter of this New Testament book. “And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I Pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him” (Mark 5:21-24).

 

            “And a certain woman, which had an inssue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch by his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately, knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:25-34).

 

            “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: Why troublest the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be no afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed bitterly. And when he was gone in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them stratily that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat” (Mark 5:35-43).

 

            When you come to the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark you will find it beginning with Jesus not only on the other side of the sea but also on the other side of the storm. Having just stood in the midst of the storm which was upon the sea and commanded everything to be at peace and be still Jesus would come over unto the other side of the sea into the country of the Gadarenes. Upon coming unto this particular region and was come out of the ship there would immediately come out of the tombs to meet him a man with an unclean spirit. This particular man would not only come out from among the tombs to meet the Lords Jesus but John Mark would describe that this man would have his dwelling among the tombs. Moreover John Mark would describe concerning this man how none could bind him—no not with chains—and that he had often been bound with fetters and chains and the chains had been plucked asunder by him and the fetters broken in pieces. John Mark would also describe concerning this man that there was none who could tame him and day and night he was in the mountains and in the tombs crying and cutting himself with stones. Oh what an incredible and astonishing reality is found in this passage of Scripture and how this man was not only possess by an unclean spirit but would be possessed by a legion of demons and unclean spirits. It would be the presence of these unclean spirits that would give this man incredible strength—kind of like the Holy Spirit gave Samson supernatural strength to perform incredible and mighty feats within the earth as he would wreak havoc against the Philistines and their army.

 

            As you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you can and will be brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding Jesus coming unto the region of the Gadarenes and how upon disembarking from the ship he would be met by one who had his presence and place among the tombs. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely captivating the narrative of this man truly was for the legion which possessed, tormented and oppressed him would confine him to the tombs—and not only among the tombs but also among the dead. This man would indeed have his place among the tombs and in the place of the dead as he would cry day and night cutting himself. What’s more is that this man would not only have his place among the tombs but he would also have his place among the mountains where he would cry out and cut himself. What makes this narrative all the more intriguing when you think about it is that this man was undoubtedly perceived as a threat and danger to society as was expressed by those who would bind him with both chains and fetters. This man would indeed be bound by others who viewed him as a menace to society as they would seek to somehow try and tame, bind and control him. Despite man’s best efforts to bind this man he would be empowered by the unclean spirits which were present within him and would break asunder the chains and fetters which he had been bound with. What’s more is I would dare say there were a number of men and women in the surrounding region who were greatly fearful of this man and who did indeed view him as a menace to society as well as a danger and a threat.

 

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the incredible truth that when this man had seen the Lord Jesus come out from the ship and stepping on to the shoreline he would immediately come unto him running and falling before Him worshipping him. What’s more is this man would cry with a loud voice and saying unto Jesus, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God that thou torment me not. That which John Mark goes on to write within this passage of Scripture is how the Lord Jesus had already spoken to and commanded this unclean spirit to come out of the man. Moreover John Mark goes on to reveal how the Lord Jesus would ask the unclean spirit his name—the only time in any of the four gospels we find Jesus speaking unto an unclean spirit asking it its name. In response to the question of the Lord Jesus the unclean spirit would respond by declaring how his name was Legion for they were many. Immediately following this the legion of unclean spirits would beseech the Lord Jesus that he would not send them away out of the country. Instead there was near unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding and all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine that they might enter into them. Jesus would give them permission to enter into the swine and they would immediately depart from within the man and enter into them. As a direct result of this the herd of swine would race violently down the steep place and into the sea for there were about two thousand in total.

 

            If you continue reading the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find that those who fed the swine fled and told the events which had taken place in the city and in the country. When those in both the city and country came out to see that which had been done they would come to Jesus and saw him who was previously possessed with the devil and had the legion “sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind.” Oh how absolutely incredible the words which are found in this passage of Scripture truly is for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible reality of the authority Jesus had—not only over a single unclean spirit but also over an entire legion of unclean spirits and demons. Scripture reveals how the total number of swine which ran violently down the steep place into the sea was about two thousand. Pause for a moment and consider how truly astonishing this is for when responding unto the Lord Jesus asking it for its name the unclean spirit would proclaim its name being legion for they were many. This is important to recognize and understand for when you consider how many a legion is you must needs understand that a legion was something that was often spoken of pertaining to the Roman army and the number of soldiers and centurions that were present within it. There seems to be every indication that there might very well have been two thousand demons and unclean spirits present within this man although it is not explicitly stated within this passage of Scripture. What we know for sure is that the unclean spirit which was present within the man proclaimed and professed his name to be Legion for they were many.

 

            What I so absolutely love about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture is how this man who had the legion spent his nights and his days in the tombs crying and cutting himself. Not only this but this man would often times be bound with chains and fetters as those before and around him would make attempt to bind and tame him. This is something we must needs recognize and understand for there is a strong and vast difference between making an attempt to bind unclean spirits according to earthly and natural means and actually binding unclean spirits through supernatural and spiritual means. Those who were present during those days and in this region might very well have thought that this man himself needed to be bound and perhaps did not realize that he was possessed—certainly not that he was possessed with and by a legion. What a strong and powerful picture is present within this passage of Scripture as this man would be bound by men using earthly and natural means as they would seek to bind him with fetters and chains hoping, thinking and believing they would somehow tame him. Much to their surprise—perhaps even their horror—this man would break asunder the chains and the fetters which were present upon his physical body and could not be tamed by any man. Man though they could tame this man using earthly and natural means and yet this passage would reveal that you cannot use earthly and natural means to solve a supernatural and spiritual problem.

 

            I am sitting here today thinking about and considering this passage of Scripture and I can’t help but be confronted with the incredible truth that there is a powerful picture and word of caution found and contained within this passage of Scripture. As you read the words present in this passage of Scripture you will find those of the city and those of the country thinking and believing they could somehow tame this man using earthly and natural means—namely chains and fetters. Those who were present within the city and country would think and believe they could bind this man with chains and fetters and that they would somehow tame and bring him under control. What they would realize and what the presence of Jesus would demonstrate is that you cannot solve a spiritual problem using earthly and natural means. Earthly chains and fetters and physical and natural means would and could not tame this man nor could they even touch that which was the root problem and issue within his life. I am sure those who were present in the midst of the city and the country thought and perceived this man as being a threat and danger to society and as a direct result of this they would seek to bind him using chains and fetters. Oh what a truly unique picture is found here in this passage of Scripture for that which those of the country and those of the city sought to do in the earthly and natural realm would indeed be done by Jesus in the spiritual realm. Those who were present within the city and the country thought this man himself would need to be bound in the physical and natural realm and yet Jesus would demonstrate that it was not the man who needed to be bound but rather the unclean spirit which was present within him.

 

            There is something absolutely remarkable about the words we find in this passage of Scripture for within it we encounter and come face to face with the tremendous truth surrounding the men of the city and of the country thinking and believing they could bind this man with chains and fetters and that it would somehow bring solace and peace to him. Undoubtedly those who were present in the midst of the city and country thought chains and fetters would be the answer to and for this man who might very well have caused and instilled fear within the hearts and minds of countless men and women. What we find and discover, however, is that regardless of how many times this man was bound with chains and fetters he would break them asunder and would deliver himself from such earthly and natural means. What’s more is that this man would spend his days and nights among the tombs and in the mountains crying and cutting himself as the unclean spirits within him sought to destroy him. What we must needs recognize and understand is that the unclean spirit which possessed this man sought to destroy him and undoubtedly possess, tormented and oppressed him. It was the unclean spirit(s) present within him that would cause him to have his dwelling among the tombs and upon the mountains for he could not live among those in the country nor those within the city. It would be because of this spiritual and supernatural struggle and conflict this man would indeed have within himself that would effectively cut himself off from society. Oh Scripture is entirely unclear whether or not those who sought to bind him would come unto the tombs or into the mountains where he was to bind him with chains and fetters or if he would venture into the city. With this being said I can’t help but wonder what those within the city and the country would think if this man entered into either and was present among them. Is it possible that this man’s presence instilled fear, terror and dread within the hearts, souls and minds of all those who were present in the city and the country?

 

            Oh there is something which we must needs recognize and understand when reading the words present in this passage of Scripture for what we find here in this passage of Scripture is something truly astonishing and powerful. Within this passage of Scripture we encounter and come face to face with the incredible truth surrounding this man and how those of the city and those of the country sought to tame and bind him. Not only did those of the city and those of the country seek to bind and tame him but they would also seek to do so using chains and fetters. Undoubtedly those of the city and those of the city thought and believed that if they bound this man with chains and fetters they would somehow be able to tame and control him. Much to their surprise and shock, however, this man would pluck asunder the chains and the fetters—similar to Samson when he was bound with new ropes in the Old Testament when the Philistines came upon him having been endowed with supernatural strength by the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. This is something we must needs recognize and understand when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture for what we find here is an incredible truth surrounding the unclean spirits, the demonic realm and the forces of darkness seeking to imitate that which comes as a direct result of the empowering of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. It was the supernatural presence and power of the Holy Spirit that would come upon David and would enable him to not only destroy and kill a bear but also a lion. It would be the supernatural strength of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit that would enable Samson himself to strike down and kill a lion. Not only this but I would venture to say it was the supernatural presence and power of the Holy Spirit that would enable Benaiah to enter into a pit with a lion on a snowy day and strike it down and kill it.

 

            We must needs pay close attention to the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for the words we see here call and draw our attention to the wonderful truth of the imitation of the unclean spirits and demonic forces of hell of that which only comes as a direct result of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit who endowed Samson with supernatural strength and enabled him to not only strike down and kill a lion but also do many mighty exploits before, upon and against the Philistines. It is in the Old Testament book of Judges you will find the person of the Holy Spirit coming upon Samson on different occasions and enabling him to wreak havoc among the enemy of the people of God—not only in the land and territory of the people of God but also in the camp and territory of the enemy. It would be Samson who would pluck asunder that which he had been bound with as a direct result of the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit within his. Life. What we have to understand when considering the words present in the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark is that the demonic forces and realm seeks to imitate that which comes as a direct result of the person, the presence, and the power of the Holy Spirit. It would be the person and presence of the Holy Spirit that would give David and Samson supernatural strength to be able to strike down and kill a lion within their generation. Now what we find here during the days of the Son of David is the demonic realm and the forces of darkness imitating that which the person and presence of the Holy Spirit wrought within the life of men such as David and Samson within the life of this man. It would be the unclean spirits which were present within this man that would give him supernatural strength to burst and break asunder chains and fetters which were used to bind and somehow tame him.

 

            The more I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding this man and how those in the city and the country sought to bind him using chains and fetters. If there is one thing we have to recognize when reading the words of this passage it’s how you cannot attempt to solve supernatural and spiritual problems with earthly means. Those in the city and country thought that by binding this man with chains and fetters they could somehow tame and control him during those days. What they would find, however, is that this man would break and burst asunder the chains and the fetters which others attempted to bind him with. This is something we have a great need to recognize and pay close attention to for it calls and draws our attention to the truth that when it comes to spiritual and supernatural realities we cannot and must not seek to use earthly and natural means. What we find within this passage of Scripture is a strong and powerful contrast and comparison between those of the city and those of the country seeking to bind this man using earthly and natural means of chains and fetters while upon the Lord Jesus coming on to the scene He would not bind this man using chains and fetters but would bind the spirit. It would not be the man himself who needed to be bound nor did the man need to be bound by chains and fetters but it would need to be the spirit which was present within the man that would need to be bound. Jesus would recognize and understand this and would not only bind the unclean spirit which was present within the man but would also command and instruct him to come out of him. Jesus would recognize the true root issue that was present here within the life of this man and would both bind the unclean spirit(s) present within the man as well as command it to come out of the man that he might be completely and entirely free.

 

            Having said this I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the words the Lord Jesus spoke during the days in which He was publicly manifested as the Word which became flesh and dwelt among us. Moreover I would like to call and draw your attention to the words which the Lord Jesus had spoken concerning binding the strong man—particularly and specifically as it pertains to the supernatural and spiritual realm of unclean spirits, demons and the forces of darkness and hell. I believe it is absolutely necessary we recognize and understand this for within this passage we see a strong disparity and contrast between those who sought to bind the man in the physical and natural realm using earthly means and the Lord Jesus who would not bind the man but would bind the unclean spirit which was present within the man. It would be the Lord Jesus who would bind the unclean spirit which was present within the man and command it to come out of him immediately at once. It is with this being said I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the wonderful and powerful truth of binding the strongman—particularly as it pertains to the unseen spiritual forces of darkness which are and have been present within the earth. We must needs recognize and understand this for it helps us to understand the vast contrast between men trying to bind the man himself in the physical and natural realm using earthly and natural means versus the Lord Jesus binding the unclean spirit within the man and commanding him to come out of him. Consider now if you will the following words which are found in the gospel narratives concerning binding the strong man—and not only this but I would also like to call and draw your attention to the words which are found in the New Testament book of Acts concerning the seven sons of one Sceva who attempted to cast out an unclean spirit using earthly and natural means without having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Himself:

 

            “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amzed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But whern the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. OR else can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:22-37).

 

            “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the LORD Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” (Acts 19:13-20).

 

            I have to admit that I absolutely love each of these passages of Scripture for what we find within the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew is Jesus speaking of the strong man’s house and how in order to enter into the strong man’s house and spoil his goods he must first bind the strong man. It is only when the strong man is bound that he is able to plunder the house and spoil the goods. In the New Testament book of Acts we find seven sons of Sceva attempting to bind and cast out unclean spirits by adjuring them in the name of Jesus whom the apostle Paul preached. What makes this truly astonishing and interesting when you think about it is when you consider that the unclean spirit which was present within this man replied unto them by emphatically declaring how Jesus they knew and Paul they knew but they did not know who they were. What’s more is that instead of the unclean spirit within the man being bound and cast out these men over overcome and prevailed against so that they fled naked and wounded. This is something we must needs recognize and understand for when we think about the ministry of dealing with unclean spirits and the demonic realm. We must needs recognize and understand that not only must we be given power and authority by the Lord Jesus to do so but there is also a great need to be men and women of prayer and fasting as we saw in the seventeenth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew. It is in this chapter where we realize that authority must indeed be meted and measured with prayer and fasting and how we dare not think we can somehow bind and cast out unclean spirits by and through earthly and natural means.

 

            With this being said there is a great need to recognize and understand that there is a vast contrast in the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark and those who tried to bind the man himself without recognizing the true binding needed to take place in the spiritual and unseen realm. Those who were from the city and country could only see the man and that which was present in the natural realm and thought they could handle and deal with it by and through earthly and natural means. They presumed and assumed that chains and fetters would be able to hold and bind this man and thus render him powerless and ineffective within the earth. That which they would find instead was not only that this man was able to burst asunder the chains and fetters but that no man could tame him. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely incredible this truly is for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible reality surrounding this man being bound by chains and fetters because those in the city and country thought they could bind him rather than the unclean spirit which was present within him. It would be when the Lord Jesus showed up that He would not only silence the unclean spirit save asking for its name but would also command Him to come out of the man. Moreover it was at the permission of the Lord Jesus these unclean spirits—this legion—were permitted to enter into the herd of swine which were feeding nearby. What’s more is that when you read this particular narrative—not only do you find these unclean spirits fearful of the Lord Jesus and begging Him not to cast them into the pit but also asking for permission to enter into the swine which fed nearby. It was the Lord Jesus who would give them permission to enter into the swine which they did so and caused the whole herd of swine to race violently down the steep hill and into the sea where they were choked.

 

            If there is one thing I absolutely love about this passage it’s that when those of the city and those of the country came unto Jesus to see what had happened they would find this man sitting, clothed and in his right mind. When once this man ran around naked, crying, cutting himself and dwelling in the midst of the tombs and the mountains he would now be seated in the presence of the Lord Jesus clothed and in his right mind. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely incredible and powerful this truly is when you take the time to think about it for Jesus would show up on the shore in the region of the Gadarenes and I am convinced the sole reason He showed up was for this particular man. There is very little language of Jesus doing anything else within this region and yet I can’t help but think within myself that Jesus sought to cross over into this region to bring deliverance and freedom for this particular individual. The Lord Jesus would cross over into the region of the Gadarenes that he might confront this unclean spirit and once and for all deliver this man from the torment, the oppression and possession of this unclean spirit. There is not a doubt in my mind the Lord Jesus would enter into this region specifically and solely for this particular individual that he might bring deliverance and freedom into his life. How absolutely incredible it is to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and see how the Lord Jesus would pass through the storm over the sea that He might bring deliverance and freedom into the life of this man.

 

            The more I think about and consider the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the Lord Jesus would encounter the storm which came upon the sea—perhaps as a means of deterring and even trying to destroy Him before He would reach the region of the Gadarenes. I am absolutely convinced that the storm which the Lord Jesus and His disciples would encounter upon the sea was directly linked and connected to this particular man and the tormenting and oppression within himself by this unclean spirit. The Lord Jesus would indeed cross over the sea and would endure the storm that He might come unto this particular region and bring deliverance into the heart and mind of this particular man. Scripture is entirely and altogether unclear whether or not this legion of unclean spirits conjured up the storm as a means to try and destroy the Lord Jesus, however, we must needs recognize that this storm would be absolutely no match for the Lord Jesus. Although Jesus would initially be sleeping in the midst of the storm He would be awakened by the cry of His disciples and would stand up in the midst of the storm. The Lord Jesus would stand up in the midst of the storm and would speak to the storm commanding everything to be still and at peace. SLEEPING IN THE STORM! STANDING IN THE STORM! SPEAKING TO THE STORM! What a truly incredible and powerful reality surrounds the previous passage for what we find in the previous passage is Jesus standing up in the midst of the storm and speaking to it to be still and at peace—almost as if the storm itself was a person or perhaps even an unclean spirit.

 

            I sit here today thinking about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the truth surrounding this man with the unclean spirit and how when Jesus would ask the unclean spirit what his name was he would respond by saying that his name was Legion for there were many within this man. This is something we must needs recognize and understand for it calls and draws our attention to the powerful truth surrounding the storm which Jesus and the disciples encountered upon the sea. There is not a doubt in my mind that the storm which the Lord Jesus encountered upon the sea was means to try and destroy Him and to drown Him in the midst of the sea. There is not a doubt in my mind that the unclean spirits knew that Jesus was on His way and sought to completely and utterly destroy Him before He would arrive upon the shore. I have previously written concerning this man and wondering if this man was secretly and inwardly hoping that the Lord Jesus would make it unto the region of the Gadarenes. I have to believe that this man desperately desired to be delivered and set free from this possession and torment within his physical being. I am absolutely convinced that this man was longing and hoping for the Lord Jesus to once and for all deliver him from the possession and torment of these unclean spirits which had oppressed him for too long now.

 

            What I so love about the words present in this passage of Scripture is how the Lord Jesus would step out of the ship on to the shoreline and would almost immediately bind the unclean spirit which was present in the midst of this man. The unclean spirit would cry out before Jesus asking Him what he had to do with Him, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God. Not only this but this unclean spirit would also adjure and plead with Jesus not to torment him before the time when they would be cast into the midst of the lake of fire. Oh this is something we have a great need of recognizing and understanding for it suggests the fear, terror and dread within these unclean spirits that the Lord Jesus would not torment them. Undoubtedly the unclean spirits recognized the Lord Jesus as He stepped out of the ship upon the shoreline and would presumably make his way unto this man. I firmly believe that this man would indeed  hope and long for the Lord Jesus to bring deliverance into his life and once and for all deliver and set him free from the unclean spirit(s) which tormented and oppressed him. What’s more is that when we read the words found in this passage of Scripture we are brought face to face with the reality of Jesus needing to bind this unclean spirit and bind that which was unseen in the spiritual and unseen realm. When others thought that this man needed to be bound with chains and fetters Jesus recognized and understood that they could not deal with a spiritual and supernatural problem with physical and natural means. The Lord Jesus would recognize the spirit that was present within and behind the man and would immediately silence and bind the spirit before casting and commanding it to come out from within this particular man.

 

            The words and language we find in this passage calls and draws our attention to the reality of the Lord Jesus binding the the spirit which was present within this man—an unclean spirit which had perhaps bound, torment, oppressed and afflicted him for quite some time now. OH there is something to be said about the Lord Jesus stepping out of the ship on the shore of the region of the Gadarenes—almost as if He was invading the territory of these unclean spirits. The Lord Jesus would show up as one who had complete and total authority and would as a direct result of the authority which He possessed not only bind this unclean spirit and silence it but also command it to come out of this man. The Lord Jesus Christ would step on to the shore of this region invading the territory of that which was controlled by this legion of unclean spirits and would completely and utterly exercise authority and power over them. Not only would the Lord Jesus command the unclean spirit to be silenced but the Lord Jesus would also command the unclean spirit to come out of this man. Oh how truly awesome and powerful this is when you take the time to think about it for it brings us face to face with the incredible power and authority that rested upon and within the Lord Jesus to confront the demonic realm head on without any fear or reservation. What’s more is I would dare say Jesus entered into this ship and passed over upon the sea to deliberately and intentionally invade this “strong man’s house” and this “strong man’s” territory. I firmly believe the Lord Jesus would indeed deliberately and intentionally enter into this particular region with the full intention of exercising and executing authority within the life of this man. The Lord Jesus would enter into this region—ever after speaking to the storm that arose upon the sea—knowing that He would and could not be deterred from bringing deliverance unto this man.

 

            If there is one thing I absolutely love about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture it’s how the Lord Jesus would exercise authority, dominion and power over the storm which raged upon the sea as though the storm was something that needed to recognize and respect the authority and power that was present upon and within Him. What’s more is I would dare say the storm which was present at this particular time in the midst of the sea was means of attempting to destroy and put to death the Lord Jesus Christ. I firmly believe that the storm which the Lord Jesus encountered on this particular day was something that was conjured by the unclean spirits which sought to destroy Him and prevent Him from entering into and invading their territory. This is something we must needs recognize and pay close attention to for there was absolutely nothing that would deter the Lord Jesus from passing over the sea and stepping on to the shore of this particular region and delivering this man from the unclean spirits which tormented and oppressed him. What a truly powerful reality is manifested in this passage of Scripture as it brings us face to face with the truth surrounding Jesus’ deliberate and intentional journey across the sea specifically for this particular man. The Lord Jesus would indeed cross over the sea knowing that he would enter into the region of the Gadarenes and into the strong man’s house. Undoubtedly this particular region was one that was shrouded in darkness and Jesus would enter into it that he might deliberately and intentionally overtake, bind and overpower this unclean spirit.

 

            Those who were present in the midst of the city and country sought to bind the man himself using earthly and natural means while the Lord Jesus would recognize that it was not the man himself who needed to be bound but the spirit which was present within the man. Jesus recognized that this man needed to be delivered and set free from the torment and oppression of this unclean spirit and would pass over the sea that he might come unto him to set him free. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like for this man after he had been delivered and set free from the unclean spirit that was present within him. There is a part of me that wonders what life was like for this man as he would enter into the city and the country proclaiming the wonderful things the Lord Jesus had done for him. After this man had experienced deliverance at the word and command of the Lord Jesus he would desire to journey with and walk with Jesus but would be met by Jesus’ instruction and command to go forth and to be a witness concerning the wonderful things which had been done in His life. There is something incredibly captivating about the words and language found in this passage of Scripture as it brings us face to face with the Lord Jesus bringing deliverance and freedom into the life of this man after bringing calmness, quietness and stillness in the midst of the sea after speaking to and commanding the wind and the waves to be still. What an astounding truth is found in this passage of Scripture and how the Lord Jesus would indeed bring about a mighty deliverance within the heart and life of this man by binding the strong man and casting him out of the man—and not only out of the man but I would also dare say the region itself.

 

            The words and language we find in this passage of Scripture are such which we must needs recognize and understand for they call and draw our attention to the tremendous authority and power of the Lord Jesus. Within the fifth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark—not only do we find the Lord Jesus exercising authority over this unclean spirit commanding it to come out of this man but Jesus would also experience power flowing forth from His physical person and body. As He was being thronged by a great crowd the Lord Jesus would indeed experience power and virtue flowing forth from Him and bringing healing and wholeness in the life of a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. It would be as the Lord Jesus would walk with this ruler of the synagogue—Jairus by name—a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years would press her way through the crowd believing within her heart that if she but touched the hem of His garment she would be made whole of her plague. This woman trusted and believed within her heart and soul that if she but touched Jesus’ garment she would be healed and made whole of the plague that was present within her. This woman who had spent everything she had consulting with many physicians hoping to be made better would actually not become better and would actually experience her condition deteriorate. This woman would spend everything she had consulting with physicians thinking and believing they would be able to cure her and make her whole of the plague which was present within her physical person only to discover that they were completely and utterly powerless to do anything to actually help her.

 

            Perhaps one of the greatest truths found within this passage of Scripture is how this woman had an issue of blood which would have automatically made her unclean according to the Law of Moses. The more I read and consider the narrative of this woman the more I encounter and come face to face with the fact that this plague of blood which was present within her physical body would not only have made her unclean according to the Law of Moses but would have made anything and everything she touched unclean. What’s more is that not only would it have made anything she touched unclean but it would have made anyone she touched unclean. Imagine being this woman knowing what the Law of Moses stated and how anything she touched and anyone she touched would be unclean for a period of time. Not only this but consider how this woman would have pressed her way through the throng of people which were crowding around the Lord Jesus and how many she would have rubbed elbows with or touched along the way. This would have risked a whole lot—not only by pressing her way through the crowd and thus touching those who were crowded around the Lord Jesus but even touching the Lord Jesus Himself. This woman knew and believed within her heart and soul that if she but touched the garment of the Lord Jesus—not even His physical person but His garment alone—she would be healed and made whole from her plague. It would be the faith of this woman that would propel her to risk so much pressing her way through the crowd that she might get close enough to Jesus to touch His garment—and not only His garment but the hem of His garment. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Leviticus beginning with the nineteenth verse:

 

 

            “And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bath himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her separation. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness” (Leviticus 15:19-30).

 

            The words which we find in this particular passage of Scripture are incredibly telling when you take the time to consider them—particularly and especially when you consider them in light of the woman with the issue of blood as mentioned in the four gospels. As you read the words found in this passage you will find the living God speaking unto Moses concerning a woman who has an issue of blood within his physical flesh—and not only an issue of blood within her flesh but also what that issue would mean for her. You cannot read the words found in this passage of Scripture and not encounter and come face to face with the incredible truth that this issue of blood would not only mean this woman would be separated from those around her but it would also make her unclean according to the Law of Moses. What’s more is that this woman who had the issue of blood would cause anything she touches to become unclean. Regardless of whether that which she touched was a person or an object this woman would cause anything she touched to become unclean. In addition to this that individual who came in contact with her would themselves be unclean until evening and would have to wash their clothes, bath themselves in water and be separated for a particular time. That which we find in this passage of Scripture is incredibly unique and significant for what we read in this passage of Scripture is more than just a woman having an issue of blood and needing to be healed of that issue. What we find in this passage of Scripture calls and draws our attention to the fact that this woman who had an issue of blood did indeed have it for twelve years and as a direct result of this issue and plague would be unclean according to the Law of Moses for that period of time.

 

            I am sitting here today thinking about and considering the words found in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the reality of just how severe this issue and plague was for this woman who desperately sought to be made whole of the plague within her physical body. This woman had suffered many things of many physicians and had spent all that she had and was nothing bettered but rather grew worse as the time went on. John Mark makes it absolutely clear when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture that this woman was in fact seeking to be made whole of the plague that was present within her physical flesh and consulted with countless physicians seeking such a thing. Unfortunately for this woman she had not only spent twelve years suffering from this plague of blood within her physical body but she had also spent everything she had consulting physicians who were unable to help her. What makes this all the more intriguing when you take the time to think about it is this woman’s issue of blood would indeed begin while the Lord Jesus was present in the earth. Stop and consider that this woman’s issue of blood would indeed begin while the Word made flesh was present within and upon the earth and yet she would suffer as a result of the plague for twelve years.

 

            Let’s assume that this woman encountered the Lord Jesus when He was the age of thirty which would mean that this woman’s plague and issue of blood would begin when Jesus was eighteen years old. What an incredibly unique and interesting thought it is to think about this woman and the plague within her physical body and how this plague would begin while the Word which was made flesh would indeed be present in the midst of the earth. This woman would suffer with this plague and issue of blood for twelve years while the very One who could make her whole was present within and upon the earth. Moreover this woman would suffer many things of many physicians during those twelve years and would spend all she had seeking to be made whole from the plague within her body. It is absolutely astounding to consider the fact that this woman would consult with countless physicians over a twelve year period of time until the appointed time would come when the Word which was made flesh would be present in that area. It would be upon hearing of Jesus—and not only hearing of the Lord Jesus but also hearing that He was in that area—this woman would develop and conjure up the courage and boldness to brave the throng of people and the press round about the Lord Jesus to touch the hem of His garment. It’s worth noting that this woman simply sought to touch the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus believing and knowing that she would be made whole. Stop and consider how absolutely incredible that truly is for this woman did not seek anything else other than to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and knew that if she had touched it she would have been made whole of her plague.

 

            If there is one thing I absolutely love about the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s that this woman was willing to brave the crowd of people thronging the Lord Jesus knowing that anything and everything she touched and which came in contact with her would be made unclean. Is it possible that this woman knew that her plague had made her unclean according to the Law of Moses and that if she touched anyone’s person they would be made unclean until evening? Is it possible that this woman sought to touch the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus simply because she knew what the Law of Moses said concerning anyone who came in contact with and touched her as well as anyone she herself touched? This woman sought nothing more than to touch the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus and was willing to make her way through the press and throng of people round about the Lord Jesus that she might simply touch it. Oh I can’t help but wonder what it was like for this woman to not only be made whole of her plague but also to accomplish that which she had set out to do. This woman sought nothing more than to touch the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus and would indeed accomplish that on this particular day. What John Mark writes concerning this particular event is that as soon as she touched the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus the fountain of blood within her physical body would be dried up. What’s more is that not only was the fountain of blood within this woman’s body dried up but she instantly and immediately knew that she was made whole of the plague which had been present within her body for twelve years.

 

            As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the tremendous and incredible truth surrounding this woman and the faith which was present within her heart and soul. This woman was willing to touch but the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus—and was not only willing to touch the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus but knew and believed within her heart that if she did so she would be made whole of the plague which was present within her physical body. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this and how absolutely incredible it truly is for this woman was willing to brave the crowd of people gathered round about the Lord Jesus knowing and believing that she would be made whole of the plague within her body. If there is one thing I absolutely love about the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s how not only was this woman made whole of the plague which was present within her physical body but so also would she be made clean according to the Law of Moses. It would be very easy to read this passage and view it through the lens of healing alone, however, we must needs recognize and understand that this woman experienced so much more than simply healing within her physical body for she would also experience cleansing from that which would make her clean. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely wonderful and remarkable this truly is for on this particular day Jesus would offer her more than simply healing and wholeness from her plague but would also offer her cleansing according to the Law of Moses thus giving her her life back.

 

THE GOD WHO GIVES YOU YOUR LIFE BACK! In all reality I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the words which are found within this passage of Scripture from the beginning verse until the final verse for at the very heart and center of it is an incredibly powerful truth concerning the Lord Jesus. It is within this entire chapter we find three different accounts of a Jesus who was willing to give men and women their life back. Scripture doesn’t reveal how long the demoniac in the Gadarenes was tormented, oppressed, afflicted and possessed by the legion of demons, however, we know that once Jesus bound and cast the unclean spirit(s) out this man received his life back and found himself sitting with Jesus clothed and in his right mind. When it comes to the woman with the issue of blood within her physical body we know that she had that issue and plague for twelve years. It would be this single act of touching the hem of the garment of the Lord Jesus that would not only cause her to be made whole of the plague, and would not only make her clean according to the Law of Moses but would also give her her life back after twelve years of being unclean and separated from those around her. In addition to this we find Jairus’ daughter being sick unto the point of death and even at one point in time his receiving report that she was dead and that he didn’t need to both the Master anymore. What we find within this passage of Scripture is Jesus not only giving this young girl her life back by raising her up from the bed upon which she lie upon but He would also give her back unto her parents. If there is one thing we must needs recognize and understand concerning the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s that the Lord Jesus does indeed and does in fact have the ability to give men and women their life back and does in fact give them the ability to be restored within themselves as well as unto those before and around them. How absolutely wonderful it is to read the words found in this passage of Scripture and to consider how Jesus gave the three people their life back which should serve as a tremendous source of hope within our hearts and lives of a Jesus who can indeed give us our life back. The question we must ask ourselves is what we need within our lives from the Lord Jesus that He would and could give us our lives back.

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