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Mark 5:1-20 – Storms of Life – Meditative Musing for Nov 27

Imagine the apostles’ emotions as they landed in Gaderea. They’d just escaped a storm, which left them asking, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Then a crazy, naked man who lived in the tombs came running at them screaming!

This  man, possessed by a legion of demons, had been bound by chains – but broke the chains. He could not be subdued. He cried out night and day – and cut himself with stones. In short, he could not live with others and could not live at peace with himself.

He cried, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? …do not torment me!” He said this because Jesus told the demons to come out of him. Imagine that! When Jesus tried to help him, he called it torment. When Jesus spoke to the demons, the man identified himself with them. He was that messed up.

When Jesus sent the demons out, the man became rational. When people from near there saw this man sitting quietly, they were more afraid than when he was a lunatic. They saw Jesus had greater power than legions of demons.

Have you seen people who think the gospel is torment? Why? How do they see it when they listen and accept it? This man became a missionary.

Have you ever seen God’s message as torture? What led you finally to listen to it? How do you see it now? Please share your thoughts.



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