Chapter 47



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(Luke 8:26,27)  And they [Jesus and His disciples] arrived [via ship] at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he [Jesus] went forth to land [be (wax) old], there met him [“ran” to Jesus: Mark 5:6] out of the city a certain man, which had devils [evil fallen angels resident within him] long time [they were firmly entrenched in strong holds in his mind], and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house [he was not domesticated, not housebroken], but in the tombs [houses of the dead, strong holds in the mind].

1.      Commentary: “out of the city” = vs. directly “out of the tombs” (Mark 5:2). This is a pointer, later proven to be quite accurate (Luke 8:34-37), that all the inhabitants of the city were likewise dwelling in the tombs of their mind, each possessed (inhabited) by fallen angels, although to a much lesser degree of control.

(Luke 8:28-31)  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him [“he ran and worshipped him” Mark 5:6], and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he [Jesus] had commanded the unclean spirit [demons, devils, fallen angels] to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep [the abyss, the bottomless pit].

1.      wilderness = Gk: lonesome, i.e. (by impl.) waste:--desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness.

2.      Commentary: Please note that a single fruit has many seeds. Legion is a single fruit. The word Legion, versus apple, pear, orange, or fig is an excellent application for describing the name of the fruit hanging (negative connotations) on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A legion is a single Roman army military unit consisting of 6,000 men, and a legion also represents a single unit (single fruit) in Satan’s army containing 6,000 demons. Within this particular Legion, we note that there are “many devils,” i.e., many evil seeds, or many fallen angel warriors. We summarize then that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is a graphic representation of Satan’s army, and that each Legion in Satan’s army is a fruit growing on the tree of the knowledge of good (Lucifer) and evil (Satan) which contains many seeds, “many devils” having many personalities who notably manifest themselves.

3.      (Gal 5:19-21)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these [i.e., this is the single fruit (Legion) with many seeds (many devils, many fallen angels) that Adam and Eve ate]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like [i.e. and more evil seeds (devils, fallen angels)]: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:22,23)  But the fruit of the Spirit [the Tree of Life] is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

(Luke 8:32,33)  And there was there an herd of many swine [unclean animals] feeding on the mountain [a biblical symbol of pride]: and they [the devils, demons, fallen angels] besought him that he would suffer [allow, permit] them to enter into them [the swine]. And he suffered them. Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

1.      “ran violently” = Gk: to start, spur or urge on, i.e. to dash or plunge:--run (violently), rush /// a violent impulse, i.e. onset:--assault.

2.      Commentary: having no volition in the sense of not having the innate ability to appeal to God, the pigs were defenseless against the rigid utterly destructive mind-set unto death of the evil fallen angels. Encountering no opposition, the invading fallen angels immediately had their harsh violent way with the defenseless pigs. Thus we observe an illustration in the pigs of complete demonic possession and the unswerving compulsion of the inhabiting demons “to steal [joy], and to kill [life], and to destroy [body and soundness of mind]” (John 10:10); whereas we have seen in the man an illustration of incomplete demonic possession (“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him” Mark 5:6). Our assessment when comparing these two differing illustrations within the same narrative is that man always has some degree of “free will” and therefore is always responsible for his own actions.


(Luke 8:34-39)  When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed [saved, delivered: made whole]. 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: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee [the Great Commission: Mark 16:15]. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

1.      Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible: “and in his right mind”: Thus God can do in one moment what it takes man months and years to do. Insanity often consists of one erroneous idea or train of ideas. Sometimes, not always, the whole mind is astray. Injury on the head, lack of nutrition, malfunction of the glands, narcotics and various stimulant drugs, fever, worry, demon [fallen angel] possession, and other things cause mental derangement. Demons [fallen angels] are responsible for most of these. The reality of demons [fallen angels] to drive men out of their right minds is witnessed daily on earth. Demons [fallen angels] are not to be feared, for bodily control, clean living, and faith in God can drive out all demon powers from any and all persons who will take God’s way of life through Christ.

2.      (Luke 15:17)  And when he [the prodigal son] came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! [This narrative is another comparative illustration of  men,  pigs, and demonic (fallen angel)  possession]

3.      taken = Gk: to hold together, i.e. to compress or arrest (a prisoner); fig. to compel, perplex, afflict, preoccupy:--constrain, hold, keep in, press, lie sick of, be in a strait, straiten, be taken with, throng.

4.      (Rom 8:15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage [slavery] again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

5.      (2 Tim 1:7)  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind [disciplined, i.e. a self-controlled mind].


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