38 We want to do the same confession

Luke 8:26-39
Isaiah 54:7-8
T From the testimony of doctor Luke

 Just before the end of the first grade of the training of disciples, it is the second event in four miracles of Jesus that Luke took it up, this morning. This event begin, "And they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee" (26). I touched it before, but, when people say "Shall we go over to the opposite bank!" by a boat from Capernaum, perhaps, it seemed it aimed at Bethsaida, I think; but the course will have been out of order by the cold gust of wind which blew suddenly in winter, in the middle of the lake which became stormy. The place they arrived, it was the land of Diospols / Gergesa which they did not aim at at all. It was the land of foreigner, Greeks settled and reclaimed there; of course, there were some Jews, but the most were various races who lived in towns and the villages. It was the place where even the people of Galilee never wanted to visit to there, though they were watched from Jewry with cold eyes as strange people. The Jew of the Galilee was progeny of north Israel kingdom destroyed by Assyria, but, after north Israel kingdom extinction, they were mixture races with the people who were sent from many foreign countries by a policy of conquistadors Assyria. However, because they have made up their mind to live as a member of the Jewish society, so they might have been very sensitive to defense of the custom as the Jew. The foreigner whom they were going to never commune with, the Diospols district were areas of such people.

 Surely when they arrived at the district, it seems that the disciples would hesitate about the landing; but, it seemed that Jesus got off a boat quickly, without care of them. Jesus would not have such feelings of the Galilean at all. The event that they met here might be the thing that only such Jesus could do. "And when He had come out onto the land, He was met by a certain man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. And seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, 'What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.' For He had been commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard; and yet he would burst his fetters and be driven by the demon into the desert." (27-29) As for the people who was possessed with demon, the modern people puts on the label to them as mental disease for a short circuit; but, this man was really fascinated by demon, this is the testimony of doctor Luke, he was a cultured person of the then intellect and scientist.


U Flip of the Gospel

 Luke seems to have a viewpoint unlike the article of Matthew and Mark in this event, but I want to hear some messages that he wanted to tell about.

 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?". He said, "Legion". "Legion", it points at one army corps consisting of about 6,000 with armed forces term of Rome. Such a large number of demons possessed this man. It will be natural that he became ferocious. Jesus commanded to the evil spirit, "Dirty soul, go out from this person!". So, the demons entreated Him not to command them to depart into the abyss (31). "Abyss" (expression only for Luke), this is outlook on space of three levels of structure called the ancient world "bottom of the haven and the ground and the ground", and it was thought that it was lower hell of the ground where pains and sorrow continued eternally in contrast with "the haven" where God lived for a Jew. The demons of a Satan and the subordinate came from the abyss that is their house. Will they settle into "the ground" where we live now? Possibly they may expect to live in "the heaven" where God is. They were said, "To former residence", but they said that they did not want to return. While Luke was writing humorously that the hell was not snuggery even for them, would he want to tell one end of the Gospel, here? The people expiated a crime with are invited into "the heaven" on a cross of Jesus, but the Bible testifies as flip of the Gospel that Gehenna (the bottom of hell / the ground) blazing the flames of hell in eternity to the people who are not so waits. It was to enter the flock of swine near that they entreated. "Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons entreated Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. And the demons came out from the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned." (32-33). Mark wrote they were 2,000; probably it would be the most swines nearby. Jew seems to have felt that swine was dirty, because it is prescribed in law as a dirty animal (Leviticus 11:7).


V We want to do the same confession

 When I looked at that neighborhood with binoculars from the opposite bank, a bare cliff of discolored soil skin was meandering. The man possessed by a demon became the dirty person, and the swines run down the cliff into the lake...; surely these things would have been the continuation of the unbelievable scene to the eyes of disciples cast ashore in the world of such a foreigner. Luke (Mark, too) gave an article which is able to say as an ending to that event. "And when the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. And the people went out to see what had happened; they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. And those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well. And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to depart from them; for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat, and returned." (34-37) I think that the detailed explanation is unnecessary, but it shows that they don't want to cause more than it damage, so people asked Jesus to "depart from them"; and in there, the appreciation to the healed person, the feelings of relief and a back-patting, "it was good!", was not seen at all. The world without green letting a heart soften, and the dirty swines and the egocentrism of foreigners; such world seems to be piled up in this present age. In there, it will be thought that it is the right felt that demons wriggle.

 However, please remember that this event is placed in training of disciples. They are going to be sent out in such world. And we are also called to preach the Gospel to this modern society which resemble closely to such situation. Would it be a plan of God to invite them to the Gospel that a boat of Jesus and disciples was cast ashore there unintentionally? The contact of this time became one opportunity that Jesus came again to here after a little for "4,000 lunch" (Matthew 15:29-39). As an enemy that disciples should fight is never a dirty foreigner, as Paul and Peter saw it through aptly, but Satan is the true enemy that we should fight. And it was necessary for them to know that their Lord had already won to that enemy. It seems that it is the meaning of this article.

 It is the last article to color this event. "But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 'Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.' And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him." (38-39) "Describe what great things God has done for you." However, he expressed it in other words, "what great things Jesus had done for him". Will it not be confession that Jesus is God? In the modern society where Satan takes heart in the same way as in this foreigner society of Diospols, we want to hear a lot of such confession.