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The Demon Possessed Man


Mark 5: 1-20

Here in Mark 5 you find what is commonly called “the story of the demon possessed man.”

And if you will notice vs. 9…this man didn’t have just one unclean spirit…apparently there were many demons living inside this man.

But, this is much more than just a story.

Let’s begin our study this morning with the demons and the demon possessed man.

First of all, in spite of what modern critics say today, the gospel writer here makes it very clear that this man was demon possessed.

Now, who are the demons?

Now, what can demons do?

And it is interesting that they show no discrimination with regard to whom they might possess.

Now, the question is “why?” Why were they doing what they did? Why were these demons possessing humans?

Here is another passage, look at John 20: 30-31:

30 Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

And here is another passage that explains the why; Mark 3: 27. Jesus says:

27 “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

So that is the “why” of demon possession…so people would know for certain who Jesus really is…that He is the Son of God…and that God’s rule is in Him…and that Jesus has sovereignty over Satan and His demons.

Now, what about the duration of demon possession? How long did this phenomenon last?

BUT, that doesn’t mean that demons and their influence has.

Look at this. According to scripture there is apparently another realm other than the one we live in…one we can’t see…where demons are still very active. Look what the apostle Paul says in Eph. 6: 10 and following. This was written to believers:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Look at this passage found in 1 Cor. 10: 20-21: No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

And look at this in 1 Tim. 4: 1. But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

Now, I don’t understand it all, but the indication is that demons are very active in trying to deceive and destroy us.

And that brings us back to this chapter in Mark because Mark 5 is a physical picture of this struggle that is going on…

We just mentioned how the demons are out to destroy us by their deception and influences.

Now, let’s go back to the story and look at some quick observations.

I want you to notice the demon and what he says. He comes up and he says, “What do you want with me Son of the Most High God. I implore you by God, do not torment me!”

Now, I think it is important to notice that, to Jesus, it is worth the whole fortune of a town to save one man’s soul. In order to save one soul He loses the herd that belongs to a whole town.

The townspeople beg Jesus to leave their region and He does.

And there is one more thing I want to share with you.

There are a lot of ways to be in chains to the devil.

It amazes me, we will come together, and we will read a story about how Jesus could cast thousands of demons into a herd of pigs, and we will sing a couple of songs and say, “Hallelujah, Jesus was great!’

John said in 1 John 3:8, the reason the son of God came was “to destroy the devil’s work.”

If Jesus can take care of this man’s demons, He can take care of yours too. But only if you will let Him.

With Jesus in the gospel of Mark, there is no middle ground.