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Mark 5:2-13
Thursday, May 24 2012

Overcoming an Army of Demons...

Even the most powerful of enemies had to bow at the feet of Jesus:

When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him. The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain... Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!"

(He had been saying to him, "Unclean spirit, come out of the man!") He asked him, "What is your name?"

He replied, "Legion is my name. There are many of us." And he pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, "Send us into the swine. Let us enter them." And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned.  -Mark 5:2-13, NAB

The unclean spirit, that called itself "Legion," was strong and powerful.  No man could hold him. According to Dictionary.com, a legion was a Roman division that usually consisted of 3,000 - 6,000 soldiers, so, we would expect that Legion, the demon, was actually an army of unclean spirits.  Despite Legion's overwhelming strength, Christ did not fear Him.
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First, it is important to note that Legion recognized who Jesus is, the Son of the Most High God.  Because of that, he begged and pleaded with Jesus for mercy, and prostrating himself before Christ was a sign of obedience.  Physically, Legion had strength greater than any man, but he still could not overcome the Son of Man.

Jesus has the power to defeat an army of unclean spirits and drive them into the sea, yet, somehow, we wonder if he can make a difference in our lives.  When we do not receive an immediate response to our prayers, or the response we want to receive, we automatically assume that it is outside of God's ability or His will.  While it may not be His will, it is surely not outside of His ability.

Already in Mark, we have seen Jesus heal the sick, command the seas, and, now, defeat an army of demons - proof that there is nothing outside of Christ's power.  When we pray, let's ask God to use His infinite abilities on our behalf, knowing that there is nothing He cannot do, for our God is a powerful God.

 

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