Chapter 21



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(1 Kings 18:21)  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal [Satan the accuser, “the god of this world” 2 Cor 4:4], then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

(Mat 22:35-40)  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him [testing him], and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

(Mark 5:1-9)  And they came over [from The Promised Land east of the Sea of Galilee] unto the other side of the sea [to the land west of the Sea of Galilee], into the country of the Gadarenes [into the wilderness]. And when he [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit [demon, devil, fallen angel – where do demons, fallen angels live?], 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 [illustrating supernatural powers], and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains [the high places], and in the tombs [the low places], crying [unhappy, miserable, depressed: living in the darkness], and cutting himself with stones [Did this man love himself? How can you love yourself if you are not forgiven?]. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said [Who said? Legion 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 [Jesus] said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he [Jesus] asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion [a Roman legion consisted of 6,000 men]: for we are many.

1.       tombs = Gk: a remembrance, i.e. cenotaph (place of interment):--grave, sepulchre, tomb /// memory:--remembrance /// (through the idea of fixture in the mind); to bear in mind, i.e. recollect; by impl. to reward or punish:--be mindful, remember, come (have) in remembrance.

a.       (Eph 4:27)  Neither give place [a spot, i.e. location (as a position, home):--room] to the devil [i.e. “go, and sin no more” John 8:11].

b.       (John 14:30)  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince [ruler] of this world [Satan, Gk: the accuser] cometh, and hath nothing [no thing, i.e. no place] in me. [Why not?]

2.       Commentary: How many unclean spirits (devils, demons, fallen angels) dwell inside you? Where are they living? They are living in the memories of your unforgiven sins, in tombs of your mind where you have given a “place” (Gk: a spot, a home) unto them. Your unforgiven sins are not dead, inactive and lifeless, but alive and well, dwelling and actively accusing you inside your mind. And what is the result (consequence, effect) of all this demonic accusatory activity? The extreme example illustrated herein is a wild man.

3.       tame = Dict: 1. changed from the wild or savage state; domesticated: a tame bear. 2. gentle, fearless, or without shyness, as if domesticated, as an animal. 3. tractable, docile, or submissive, as a person, the disposition, etc. 

4.       (Jer 31:34c)  for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

5.       (Heb 8:12)  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

a.       iniquities = Gk: illegality, lawlessness, i.e. violation of law or (gen.) wickedness:--iniquity, X transgression of the law, unrighteousness

6.       (Psa 25:18)  Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

7.       (Psa 32:1)  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

8.       (Psa 85:2)  Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.


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