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Glorious Cure of the Gadarene Demoniac (Mr 5:1-20).
2. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately--(see
3. Who had his dwelling among the tombs--Luke (Lu 8:27) says, "He ware no clothes, neither abode in any house." These tombs were hewn out of the rocky caves of the locality, and served for shelters and lurking places (Lu 8:26).
4. Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, &c.--Luke says (Lu 8:29) that "oftentimes it [the unclean spirit] had caught him"; and after mentioning how they had vainly tried to bind him with chains and fetters, because, "he brake the bands," he adds, "and was driven of the devil [demon] into the wilderness." The dark tyrant-power by which he was held clothed him with superhuman strength and made him scorn restraint. Matthew (Mt 8:28) says he was "exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way." He was the terror of the whole locality.
5. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones--Terrible as he was to others, he himself endured untold misery, which sought relief in tears and self-inflicted torture.
6. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him--not with the spontaneous alacrity which says to Jesus, "Draw me, we will run after thee," but inwardly compelled, with terrific rapidity, before the Judge, to receive sentence of expulsion.
7. What have I to do with thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not--or, as in Mt 8:29, "Art Thou come to torment us before the time?" (See on Mr 1:24). Behold the tormentor anticipating, dreading, and entreating exemption from torment! In Christ they discern their destined Tormentor; the time, they know, is fixed, and they feel as if it were come already! (Jas 2:19).
8. For he said unto him--that is, before the unclean spirit cried out.
9. And he asked him, What is thy name?--The object of this question
was to extort an acknowledgment of the virulence of demoniacal power by
which this victim was enthralled.
10. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country--The entreaty, it will be observed, was made by one spirit, but in behalf of many--"he besought Him not to send them, &c."--just as in Mr 5:9, "he answered we are many." But what do they mean by entreating so earnestly not to be ordered out of the country? Their next petition (Mr 5:12) will make that clear enough.
11. Now there was there, nigh unto the mountains--rather, "to the
mountain," according to what is clearly the true reading. In
they are said to have been "a good way off." But these expressions, far
from being inconsistent, only confirm, by their precision, the minute
accuracy of the narrative.
12. And all the devils besought him, saying--"if thou cast us out"
13. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave--In Matthew
this is given with majestic brevity--"Go!" The owners, if Jews, drove
an illegal trade; if heathens, they insulted the national religion: in
either case the permission was just.
14. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it--"told everything,
and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils"
15. And they come to Jesus--Matthew
says, "Behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus."
16. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was
possessed with the devil--("the demonized person").
17. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts--Was it the owners only of the valuable property now lost to them that did this? Alas, no! For Luke (Lu 8:37) says, "Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought Him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear." The evil spirits had thus, alas! their object. Irritated, the people could not suffer His presence; yet awe-struck, they dared not order Him off: so they entreat Him to withdraw, and--He takes them at their word.
19. Howbeit, Jesus suffered him not, &c.--To be a missionary for Christ, in the region where he was so well known and so long dreaded, was a far nobler calling than to follow Him where nobody had ever heard of him, and where other trophies not less illustrious could be raised by the same power and grace.
20. And he departed, and began to publish--not only among his friends,
to whom Jesus immediately sent him, but
The occasion of this scene will appear presently.
Jairus' Daughter (Mr 5:21-24).
21. And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side--from the Gadarene side of the lake, where He had parted with the healed
demoniac, to the west side, at Capernaum.
22. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue--of
which class there were but few who believed in Jesus
One would suppose from this that the ruler had been with the multitude
on the shore, anxiously awaiting the return of Jesus, and immediately on
His arrival had accosted Him as here related. But Matthew
tells us that the ruler came to Him while He was in the act of speaking
at His own table on the subject of fasting; and as we must suppose that
this converted publican ought to know what took place on that memorable
occasion when he made a feast to his Lord, we conclude that here the
right order is indicated by the First Evangelist alone.
23. And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter--Luke
says, "He had one only daughter, about twelve years of age." According
to a well-known rabbin, quoted by LIGHTFOOT, a
daughter, till she had completed her twelfth year, was called
"little," or "a little maid"; after that, "a young woman."
26. And had suffered many things of many physicians--The expression
perhaps does not necessarily refer to the suffering she endured under
medical treatment, but to the much varied treatment which she underwent.
27. When she had heard of Jesus, came--This was the right experiment at last. What had she "heard of Jesus?" No doubt it was His marvellous cures she had heard of; and the hearing of these, in connection with her bitter experience of the vanity of applying to any other, had been blessed to the kindling in her soul of a firm confidence that He who had so willingly wrought such cures on others was able and would not refuse to GOTO NEXT CHAPTER - D. J-F-B INDEX & SEARCH