The following Bible Study shows us the teaching that the Word of God leaves us in Mark 5: 1-15 on the gerasene demoniac. Read also: Peter Walks on the Water.
The Gerasene demoniac – Mark 5:1-15
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, 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. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid (Mark 5:1-15).
The Gerasene demoniac – Reflection
I remember that before we met Christ, many of us were equal to this man, with a yoke of sin that had us dead spiritually, hurting ourselves with resentment in our hearts, lack of forgiveness and hatred.
As you can see in the reading, they often held it with chains and broke them. Similarly, we did not want to be subject to the law of God or the yoke of Christ in our lives, in which true Freedom is.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).
Today the same thing continues to happen, many people are preached by the Word, but they do not want to be subject to the law of God or the yoke of Christ, because they refuse to abandon the practices to which they are accustomed. But it turns out that alcoholism, cigarettes, drug addiction and similar practices are the ones that have them truly bound and chained to humanity in these times.
The only one who can break the chains of vices or any type of bonds is called Jesus Christ, just as this man was released, Christ at this time also brings freedom to whoever comes to him.
Therefore, we can say that perhaps because of ignorance or because we had not opened our hearts to God, we wanted to lead that life that kept hurting and damaging us just like the man in this story.
But on the other hand, we could see God’s mercy in us, as he also had with this man, for which he went exclusively to this town of Decapolis, called Gerasene to free him from the demonic oppression that held him captive.
The evil spirit that this man had was called legion, in reference to this we can say that in those days a legion of the Roman army was formed by 6000 soldiers of cavalry and infantry. For this reason, the Bible wants to teach that there were many evil spirits that were in that man’s body.
But the most important thing that the Holy Scriptures wants to highlight in this story is that demons are enemies of God and man. Therefore, since they cannot attack God, they attack man, which is God’s creation.
For this reason we must be careful, because we are not adversaries who can face this kind of spiritual enemies with our own strength. But in the Lord, and with the power of his strength we are able to resist them even if there are legions of them.
Finally, it should be noted, when the demons asked Jesus for permission to enter the herd of pigs, these animals being controlled by these evil spirits ran and falling down a cliff and drowned in the sea, thus showing the destructive intentions they have against the body they own. But on the other hand, when Christ comes into our life, he comes to bring order, peace and true freedom, as shown at the end of this Biblical reading (Mark 5:15).
And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid (Mark 5:15).