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.
And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
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.
And a certain woman, which had an issue 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 but 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.
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not 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 greatly. And when he was come 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 straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
This chapter is one of compassion and healing. First, after coming through a storm, they landed on the other side of the lake, as it seems someone needs Jesus. The area is a gentile area, and the demon possessed man, most likely a gentile who’d never know anything of Jewish law or their God. It’s interesting that the demons identify Jesus as Son of the Most High, and they obviously know their time is short and beg not to be tormented. So sending them out into a large heard of pigs, they ran into the lake and drowned.
That the people who came to see what had happened only focused on the loss of income from their herd, but cared nothing about the fact that a man they had bound up over and over again was free of demons reminds me of how much people care more about comfort in this world than of others misfortunes and prefer their pigs instead of their Savior.
Again we see one of the first “evangelists” as the man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus instead tells him to go share the news about what had happened and how good and compassionate the Lord is.
When they arrived again at the other side, Jesus is once again the focus of attention, and a Synagogue ruler comes pleading to save his daughter. He humbles himself before the Lord and it seems he understands and believes Jesus can heal her, as he pleads, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live…
Notice though that the crowds begin to follow so close they’re touching and jostling Him, and He doesn’t even make it to Jairus’s home before the suffering woman touches His cloak and is healed.
She had spent everything to find healing through physicians, and there had been no help in twelve years, so how emboldened she had to be just to have faith to reach out to Jesus even just to touch His clothing. Jesus immediately felt the power go out of Him. I doubt He asked harshly, but since the healing was instantaneous asked gently with concern, who touched my clothes. I believe that He saw her He had compassion and again a joy at her faith. She came in trembling- as I would have, surely thinking that it was wrong to be so bold. She tells Him the truth, out of a reverent fear, But Jesus encourages and tells her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. I love that tenderness about Him!
We see more authority, yet the same tenderness when Jesus comes to the ruler’s house and the daughter has died. When a servant comes and says not to trouble the Master, for it’s too late, Jesus tells Jairus not to be afraid, but believe. Believe with the same conviction he had when he thought there was still time. But more importantly, believe in the Resurrection of the dead.
Jesus invites the parents of the girl along with His close disciples, as witnesses to what He’s about to do. Partly for comfort for the parents, but also so they will see the miracle and believe.
There’s power in the Word of God, and when Jesus tells the girl to arise, He doesn’t mean it as physicians would, arise and be well- He means it to arise from death and live.
When those in attendance saw the girl rise up and walking, they were amazed beyond comprehension. They knew something miraculous had happened but they didn’t know how to process or what to make of it. Something like that should have driven them to believe then and there, that Jesus had power from God- power over the elements as we saw at the end of the last chapter and power over death here.
But it’s the fact that Jesus has yet to show His power over death by His own resurrection that He commands that they keep quiet about what happened until His time comes.
Out of the last portion of compassion in this chapter He commands to get her something to eat, which shows that not only was she alive, but healed and well enough to have a meal. He created us in His image, heals us as the Great Physician physically, and is our Salvation spiritually, and yet He is also our portion and our provider, assuring that even the minor things such as food when hungry, He is attentive to.
Jesus is full of compassion, comfort, healing, full of Grace, Forgiveness and incredible Mercy.
He is willing to shower all of it on anyone who will turn to and receive Him. Dare to do as He says to a grieving father, Believe.
He really is, our Living Hope.
Have a blessed Wednesday all.