The Man Possessed By Legion In The Bible Explained!

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There was a Gentile man in the Bible who was possessed by Legion. What is the significance of Jesus’s encounter with this man?

When Jesus arrived at Gadarenes the man possessed by Legion ran to Jesus, bowed down, and worshipped Him. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit which trembled in fear of God.  Jesus asks him what is thy name and he answered Legion. Legion is a Roman term which represents a regiment of soldiers which is many. Jesus came to set the captives free and in this case, the captive was a Gentile man from a Gentile nation. In other words, Jesus was revealing Himself as Lord/God to the Gentile people as well.

  • Mark 5:1-20 (KJV) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and 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. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

We all know that Jesus came to set people free. He came to set the Jews free and also the Gentiles. Jesus had a goal in mind when traveling to Gadarenes and that was to also reveal the truth about His identity to the Gentile people. Jesus is Lord/God wherever He goes. Regardless of whether the people are Jews or Gentiles. As we continue we are going to cover multiple things in regards to this encounter with Jesus and the man possessed by Legion. We will cover why Jesus went to Gadarenes, why there were pigs, where the demoniac lived, Jesus setting the demoniac free, and the people of Gadarenes. Let’s get into this and you will be blessed!

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Why Did Jesus Go To Gadarenes?

It was no coincidence that Jesus decided to go to Gadarenes. The truth is Jesus had a very specific reason to travel there. So why did Jesus go to Gadarenes?

Jesus and the twelve disciples are Jewish people. That being said the Jewish people were expecting and waiting for the Messiah to be revealed in relation to them. Jesus is the Messiah and also wanted to help the Gentile people as well. Jesus knowing this decided to take a detour to go to Gadarenes which is a Gentile town to set a Gentile man possessed by Legion free. Jesus also wanted to set free the other Gentile people who would repent, believe, and trust Him as well later on!

  • Mark 4:35 (KJV) And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
  • Mark 5:1-2 (KJV) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 
  • Luke 8:22 (KJV) Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
  • Luke 8:26-27 (KJV) And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
  • 1 John 2:1-2 (KJV) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

It’s true that Jesus came for the Jews/Israel. He came to fulfill the law and die/rise again! That being said Jesus only did what He saw the Father do and along the way, Jesus helped the Gentile people also. Jesus understood the task that He would ultimately accomplish for both Jews and Gentiles. God’s goal was to provide a way to set both free from sin and the devil through the Lord Jesus Christ. God isn’t a respecter of persons and Jesus helped both Jews and Gentiles as He walked the earth.

  • Matthew 15:24 (KJV) But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  • Romans 2:10-11 (KJV) But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
  • Romans 3:29-30 (KJV) Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
  • Psalms 18:43-44 (KJV) Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me. 44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
  • Isaiah 60:5 (KJV) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
  • John 10:14-17 (KJV) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Now when Jesus decided to go to Gadarenes the disciples most like were very confused. This is because from their perspective the Messiah is sent to the Jews and is Holy. From their perspective, the Jews are the people who know the true God but the Gentiles serve pagan false gods and are considered unclean. So the disciples are most likely wondering why Jesus, the Messiah, wants to go to a pagan town? To help illustrate this, even after Jesus died and rose again Jesus had to give Peter a vision to help Peter understand that He wants to help the Gentiles also.

  • Acts 10:9-22 (KJV) On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, 18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

Again this event was after Jesus died and rose again but the point I want to highlight is Peter’s perspective. Notice Peter considered the animals unclean in the vision. Notice the hesitation at first in regards to eating what was common or unclean. God was showing this to Peter because Gentiles were about to arrive. Cornelius the centurion was a Roman that God wanted to save. However, God had to help Peter get over the whole unclean or common perspective that He had towards the Gentile people.

Knowing this you can understand how the disciples must have wondered why Jesus would go to an unclean or common location such as Gadarenes. It must have been such a bizarre idea but nevertheless, they trusted Jesus and decided to go travel to the other side.

Where Did The Gadarene Demoniac Live?

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When Jesus and the disciples arrived at Gadarenes they encountered a man which was possessed. This man didn’t live in a normal location like some of the other people in that town. So where exactly did the demoniac man live?

The demoniac man lived in the town of Gadarenes which is also known as Gergesenes. This was a Gentile region and this place is over against Galilee. There were two possessed people which did not abide in any house in this town. Instead, they actually lived and dwelled among the tombs. The tombs were located in the mountains and the man would always be there night and day, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

  • Mark 5:1-5 (KJV) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
  • Matthew 8:28 (KJV) And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
  • Luke 8:26-27 (KJV) And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

The Bible clearly gives us a visible description of where this person who was possessed by Legion lived. To help paint a clearer description Gadarenes aka Gergesenes is over against Galilee. If looking at the Sea of Galilee on a map, Gadarenes would be on the east or southeast side of the Sea. This area was also part of Decapolis.

  • Mark 5:20 (KJV) And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Decapolis was a ten city region which was a district in Syria. Thayer’s definition notes according to Pliny that these are the cities that made up  Decapolis…

  • Damascus
  • Opoton
  • Philadelphia
  • Raphana
  • Scythopolis
  • Gadara
  • Hippondion
  • Pella
  • Galasa
  • Canatha (Gill)

Decapolis was a very big region with ten cities. Out of the ten cities making up Decapolis can you tell which place Gadarenes was a part of?

Gadarenes which is also known as Gergesenes was part of Gadara. This would make the man which was possessed a Gadarene or inhabitant of  Gadara. This town was also located East of the Jordan river and is also assumed to have been located on the eastern shore of the Lake of Gennesaret.

Another interesting thing to note about this region where the man possessed with Legion was is what the name of this location actually means. According to Thayer’s definition, this is what Gadarenes and Gergesenes also means…

  • Gadarenes = “reward at the end”
  • Gergesenes = “a stranger drawing near”

All that being said, I want to go back and point out how this man, who was possessed, wasn’t living in a home similar to other inhabitants of that region. Rather, they decided to live and make their dwelling among the tombs which were in the mountains. This wasn’t by mistake and there was a very important yet specific reason why this man dwelled here. When looking at the name of the location, which means “a stranger drawing near” and a “reward at the end”, there is a clue as to why this person was there and also what would happen.

Why Did The Gadarenes Have Pigs In The Bible?

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In the area of Gadarenes somewhere in the distance was a herd of pigs. Why exactly was there a herd of swine here?

There was a herd of pigs here because this was a Gentile area. The Jews that were under the law looked at the pigs as unclean. On the other hand, the Gentiles didn’t necessarily know or follow Jewish law. So pigs were considered normal or clean to them. This helps to illustrate the location being a Gentile region and also how the Gentiles lived life as well.

  • Mark 5:10-13 (KJV) And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
  • Matthew 8:30-32 (KJV) And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
  • Luke 8:32-33 (KJV) And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 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.

The pigs were out feeding on the mountain. Now as stated before the Jews consider pigs unclean. They were not supposed to eat or touch the swine. That being said, the disciples are most likely totally confused as to why Jesus would want to come to such a place that is considered unclean. Especially when they saw the swine near where they arrived. They didn’t only see one pig but a whole herd! Yet, Jesus wasn’t bothered about the area or the pigs. 

  • Leviticus 11:7-8 (KJV) And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

Now the Gentiles would touch and eat the swine. They had no such law preventing them from the pigs in this way. To them, this is normal practice and not something to be worried about from their perspective. Not only would they eat the swine but also use the swine as a type of sacrifice to idols or false gods.

  • Isaiah 65:4 (KJV) Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
  • Isaiah 66:3 (KJV) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

To be clear I understand that Isaiah is referencing the Jewish people disobeying God. However, that being said they are doing what the Gentile pagans would do. Such as eating the swine’s flesh and offering an oblation as if they offered swine’s blood. In other words, when we look at these scriptures we can also see what the Gentile pagans would do. Simply put they ate swine’s flesh and also used swine’s blood as a type of offering or oblation to an idol/false god. Knowing this, let’s now look deeper into the man of Gadarenes who was possessed and what he was actually seeking.

The Man Of Gadarenes Seeks Jesus

When Jesus arrived at Gadarenes He immediately encountered a man which had devils a long time. What was the man at Gadarenes doing?

There were actually two people who wore no clothes and were possessed by devils who encountered Jesus. They came from the tombs in which they dwelled and were exceedingly fierce and violent. They would not let anyone pass by in that way. Some people tried to continually keep the man captive under guard by binding with chains and shackles. However, he would just break the physical chains/shackles and be driven into the wilderness of the devil. No man was able to tame him at all. So this man who was possessed by Legion would be in the tombs of the mountains, crying, and also cutting himself with stones day and night.

  • Luke 8:27-30 (KJV) And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, 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. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit 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.) 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
  • Matthew 8:28-29 (KJV) And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
  • Mark 5:2-9 (KJV) And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and 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. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

At first glance, this man which was possessed seemed extremely crazy and bizarre. Nothing in natural terms of what men can do could help him in what he was looking for. Was this man looking for something specific or did this man have no goal whatsoever in mind? Why would this man be in the tombs located in the mountains? Why would he be crying out and cutting himself? These are clues that if we seek the scripture we will find out why the man was doing this and what he was looking/seeking for.

Let’s first look into the mountains and what that has to do with this situation. Throughout the Bible, mountains are mentioned and are often a location in which a person seeks, spends time with, or worships God.

For example, Moses went up unto God and the Lord spoke to Moses from the mountain.

  • Exodus 19:3 (KJV) And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Also, the woman at the well spoke to Jesus and she understood that the mountains were a place in which their fathers worshipped God.

  • John 4:19-20 (KJV) The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

What about the time when Elijah was in a cave on a mountain. Here, Elijah was seeking God and speaking with the Lord. Then the Lord spoke to Elijah and told him to go upon the mount.

  • 1 Kings 19:9-11 (KJV) And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

Jesus even went up into a mountain and called whom He would and they came unto Him. He ordained twelve that they should be with Him. In another instance, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them into a high mountain by themselves. This is were Jesus was transfigured before them.

  • Mark 3:13-14 (KJV) And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. 14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
  • Mark 9:2 (KJV) And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

The point I’m making is that the mountains were a place to seek, worship, and be with God. That being said even false prophets would seek false gods in the mountain. Let’s look at the situation with Elijah and the false prophets. 

  • 1 Kings 18:20-22 (KJV) So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 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, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

Here in this situation with Elijah and the false prophets gathered at mount Carmel. Notice they meet at a mountain in reference to deciding which “God” is the true God.

This situation in particular is very interesting in regards to the man possessed by Legion. Make sure to pay close attention as we continue.

In short, Elijah serves the one true God. The false prophets on the other hand serve a false god, Baal. They both agree to see whose God will answer and consume the offering. In other words, they are going to find out which God is real and which is considered false. As you read I want you to think about how this relates to the man possessed in Gadarenes.

  • 1 Kings 18:23-40 (KJV) Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

Did you notice anything that caught your attention about this situation and the man possessed at Gadarenes? Elijah and the prophets of Baal come to an agreement that the God who answers by fire is the true God. That being said I want to point out the prophets of Baal and how they responded on the mountain in relation to the offering/sacrifice. Notice they were calling upon Baal from the beginning, noon and night. When they realized Baal didn’t answer they began to cry out and cut themself as a form of worship. Still no answer. Then Elijah called upon the name of the Lord and the only true God answered by fire.

Doesn’t that sound just like what the possessed man at Gadarenes was doing? He would cry out day and night and also cut himself. Remember the pigs? Well, pigs can be used as a type of sacrifice as well as we previously discussed. 

  • Mark 5:2-7 (KJV) And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and 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.
  • Luke 8:27-28 (KJV) And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, 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.
  • Isaiah 65:4 (KJV) Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
  • Isaiah 66:3 (KJV) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

Knowing all this it looks to me as if the man of Gadarenes was in the mountain day and night, crying out to what he thought was “god”. However, when there was no answer from this false pagan god he would begin to cut himself in a form of worship with the hopes that this “god” would answer his cry. Just like how the prophets of Baal responded. The problem is this is a Gentile man who doesn’t know the truth about the one and only God. All he knows is the false belief he had about what he thought or heard “god” was. He believed a lie because he didn’t know the truth. Someone needed to reveal the truth to him so he could understand!

That being said, Jesus, the Son of the living God was about to come and answer by fire! Similar to how God revealed His true identity in Elijah’s day with the prophets of Baal. God was about to reveal His true identity to this Gentile man who is crying out wanting to hear from God! Remember Jesus only did what He saw His Father do. Jesus knew why He was going to cross over the sea of Galilee to go to Gadarene. This was because this man was seeking what he thought was god but didn’t know the truth. What this man really wanted to know was who God is and therefore Jesus came to reveal Himself to this Gentile man. Not only this Gentile man but also those of the region of Decapolis and ultimately even more in the world.

Jesus is Lord over both Jew and Gentile. When He arrived on Gentile soil then the Gadarene’s cry for help was finally answered. The Lord Jesus Christ shows up on the scene and the Gadarene man runs to the Lord, bows, and worships Him! Praise be to God because he was about to be set free!

Jesus Sets The Demoniac Man Free

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Now what’s interesting here is that the devil drove this man into the wilderness. However, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit after He was baptized.

  • Luke 8:29 (KJV) (For he had commanded the unclean spirit 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.)
  • Matthew 4:1 (KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
  • Luke 4:1-2 (KJV) And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

After Jesus was baptized the Holy Ghost led Him into the wilderness to put the devil in his place. To remind Satan of what is written. Satan didn’t stand a chance at all against Jesus. Just like this man possessed by Legion. The devil drove this man of Gadarenes into the wilderness to cause him harm. The devil thought evil toward this man to try to destroy him. However, what the enemy may have tried to use for evil, God was about to turn that whole situation around for good.

This man was crying out for “God” in the wilderness. He was seeking “God” in the mountain. He had pigs which he could use as a type of sacrifice but when he heard nothing he resorted to cutting himself as a form of worship. He took his abode among the tombs in the hopes that God would show up. He was seeking “God” and wanted the truth but just didn’t know the truth about who God really was. Jesus knew this and decided to come encounter this man. Although Satan wanted this man to die at these tombs without knowing the truth about Jesus, that didn’t stop Jesus from showing up to reveal the truth about who God is even in a Gentile man/region. 

  • Genesis 50:20-21 (KJV) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
  • John 10:10 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

When Jesus finally arrived this man ran and bowed down at the feet of Jesus. The one and only true God decided to show up and reveal His identity to this Gentile man who was seeking an answer but didn’t know where or how to find it. When the answer arrived, the Gentile man ran and bowed down to worship the truth, who is Jesus Christ. God sent the answer so he can know the truth about who God really is and reject the lie the enemy tried to tell him!

Remember Elijah? He asked God to answer so their hearts would be turned back to Him and know that He is God. So what did the ones who believed the lie do when the true God showed up and answered by fire then? Well, they also bowed their face to God. Just like this Gentile man who believed the lie the enemy told him up until this point.

  • John 14:6-7 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
  • Mark 5:6-7 (KJV) But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and 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.
  • 1 Kings 18:37-39 (KJV) Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Jesus didn’t come to torment the man who was possessed by devils but rather to set him free. Jesus knew the devil had him bound and only He could help him.

As Jesus begins to speak with the man Legion speaks up because Jesus cast Legion out. What’s also interesting about this is Legion is a Roman term and Jesus was showing that He has authority wherever He goes.

The disciples understood that the term Legion was a Gentile term in regards to the Roman regiment. They were about to see that even a force like a Legion army has to obey the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Lord of all both Jew and Gentile. So Jesus cast the devils out of the man and allowed them to enter the swine.

  • Mark 5:8-13 (KJV) For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
  • Luke 8:29-33 (KJV) (For he had commanded the unclean spirit 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.) 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 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.

Although the thief came to kill still and destroy… Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil… Satan and every devil tremble at the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! They are terrified of God! It doesn’t matter how man devils may be in an area because they are no match for the Lord.

Jesus, the word had spoken and therefore the devils had to obey. They fleed into the pigs which ran violently downhill to a steep place and died in the sea. Does that ring a bell in regards to Elijah and the false prophets? The one who told the lie was also brought down to the brook Kishon and was slain there. Just like the pigs which ran downhill to a steep place and were slain there.

  • 1 John 3:8 (KJV) He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
  • James 2:19 (KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
  • Luke 8:33 (KJV) 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.
  • Mark 5:13 (KJV) And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
  • 1 Kings 18:40 (KJV) And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

That lying devil didn’t stand a chance when Jesus showed up. The devil is the father of all lies. Jesus came to destroy every lie which had the man bound and also destroy every work of the devil affecting this man’s life! Jesus came to torment the one who was doing the tormenting!

  • John 8:44 (KJV) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Consider those who fed the swine and saw what happened to the pigs. Remember earlier how we discussed that swine could also be used as a type of offering Gentiles use? Well, what do you think may have been going through these people’s minds who fed the swine? What do you think they may have told the people in the city and in the country?

Well, they saw Jesus show up and set the man of Gadarenes free. They also saw the pigs run and be destroyed in the sea. In other words, from a Gentile’s perspective who uses swine as offerings/oblations unto what they believe is “God”… They just saw the pigs offer themself as an oblation unto God, when Jesus showed up…

  • Luke 8:34 (KJV) When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
  • Mark 5:14 (KJV) And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
  • Isaiah 66:3 (KJV) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

Again as previously mentioned some Gentiles offered swine’s blood as a type of oblation. You can go back to the previous section about the pigs in Gadarene to understand more. However, I believe these people saw the swine run into the sea and considered this as a type of oblation to God based on how they used/treated pigs. To be clear I’m not saying this is the type of worship God wanted because the word clearly states in Isaiah about it being an abomination.  What I’m addressing is their Gentile perspective overall abouth this encounter they just saw. Basically, them trying to figure out what they just saw occur. Sure they may have offered swine blood in the past to false gods but this time they saw something they never saw before. They saw swine sacrifice or offer itself when Jesus showed up to set the Gadarene man free. These people were thoroughly freaked out and scared but the man who was previously possessed was now free because of Jesus.

The man of Gadarenes was previously possessed by the devil but this was no longer the case now. When Jesus showed up he revealed to this man the truth. He set him free from the bondage of Satan. The scriptures specifically states the man was now seated at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in, and his right mind.

  • Mark 5:15-16 (KJV) And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
  • Luke 8:35-36 (KJV) 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. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

Did you catch what happens when the word shows up? When the truth shows up? When Jesus shows up? The man was now seated, clothed, and in his right mind…

Just like how this man was set free… Today when someone receives Jesus they are seated with Christ in heavenly places. They are clothed with the garments of salvation and also the robe of righteousness. They are now in their right mind. The Lord said you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. So who the Son sets free is free indeed.

  • John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
  • John 8:36 (KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
  • Ephesians 2:5-7 (KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
  • Isaiah 61:10-11 (KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:16 (KJV) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Jesus who is the Son of God is the only way for people to be set free from the devil. Jesus is the only way to be set free from sin. The only way to be set free from the chains of the carnal flesh. The only way for the naked to be clothed with righteousness. The only way to be seated in heavenly places. The only way to be in the right mind. The only way to be free indeed.

Before this man of Gadarenes was set free he was a stranger to God. He was naked and had no place to dwell. He was in the wrong mind, which is the carnal mind of the flesh. He was possessed of the devil. However, when Jesus showed up, this stranger received a reward from the Lord. 

  • Luke 8:27 (KJV) And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
  • Colossians 1:21 (KJV) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  • Romans 8:7 (KJV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
  • Proverbs 25:25 (KJV) As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
  • Matthew 25:34-36 (KJV) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

This man thirsted for God. He wanted the truth so the truth showed up from a far country to give him what he was thirsting for. God gave him words of life, took him into His arms, clothed him, and set him free from the chains that imprisoned him because of the devil.

Remember earlier about the definition of Gadarenes and Gergesenes? Let’s look at Thayer’s definition to refresh our memory.

  • Gadarenes = “reward at the end”
  • Gergesenes = “a stranger drawing near”

Jesus showed up who this location He was considered a stranger who was drawing near. Similar to how the Gadarene man was a stranger drawing near to Him. Although God Knew who he actually was. However, by the end of this encounter with Jesus, the Gadarene man receive a reward. This reward or gift of God was not only for the Gadarene man but also for all the Gadarenes who would believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus And The Gadarenes

When the those that fed the swine saw what happened to the pigs they ended up going to those in the city to share what happened. The people were very afraid and wondered what occurred. They have never seen such a thing occur before. Jesus showed up, then the pigs sacrificed themselves because He told the devils to go. They were so afraid they even begged for Jesus to leave and depart away from them!

  • Mark 5:14-17 (KJV) And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
  • Luke 8:34-37 (KJV) When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35 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. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 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.

Jesus wasn’t afraid and therefore is patient with these people. He is not in a rush because He has a plan already set in motion.

The man who was set free knows Jesus now and who He actually is even though the rest of the people do not understand. So This man who was set free wants to go be with Jesus now but Jesus had a task for him instead. He gives the man His word. Which is to go to those in the Decapolis region and share the good news that Jesus brought from a far country. 

  • Mark 5:18-20 (KJV) And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
  • Luke 8:38-39 (KJV) Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

Freely this man received from the Lord and freely He shared what the Lord has done for him. This reward wasn’t for this man alone but for all of those who would trust in and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. At this point, these people didn’t quite understand the compassion of God just yet. So the man who was now free went into Decapolis and began to share his testimony and encounter of the Lord Jesus Christ. He began to share the truth about the identity of Jesus and who He actually was with them.

I want to point out that sometime later, Jesus decides to travel back through Decapolis. This is the same area near where Jesus encountered the man of Gadarenes in which He told him to go spread the good news to the people of Decapolis. As he is traveling through/near Decapolis Jesus is still setting people free according to scripture.

  • Mark 7:31-32 (KJV) And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

The reason I point this out is that this man obeyed God and then went into Decapolis sharing the compassion Jesus had on him. Basically about how Jesus set him free, who Jesus actually was, and how the Kingdom of God is near..

The reason it’s important to know this is because you can now see and understand the impact this had later on. Scripture later reveals a huge crowd of people gathered to see and meet Jesus. The same compassion Jesus had for the man of Gadarenes was the same compassion Jesus had for this crowd. This crowd was huge with four thousand men which ate, not including the men and women there also.

The point I’m making is this one man that was previously possessed of the devil in Gadarenes began sharing the good news about God. Before he went and shared do you remember how the other Gadarene people responded? They wanted Jesus to depart away from them. However, once this man went and told the people about Jesus, the next time Jesus was near a whole crowd went to go see Him! They all now wanted to meet and know Jesus whom this man preached about! Not only those in Gadarenes but those of Decapolis!

  • Mark 8:1-10 (KJV) In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. 4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? 5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away. 10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
  • Matthew 15:38 (KJV) And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

What an amazing God we serve. Who is patient, long-suffering, kind, caring, and willing to go where others shy away. All because He loves them and wants them to be free. He wants them to eat and drink from Him so they can be full of what He has to offer! What the enemy tried to use for evil, Jesus showed up and turned the whole situation around for good. Not only for the Jews alone but also for the Gentiles! Thank you Father in Jesus name! Be Blessed!

Bible Scripture Reference

  • The Man Possessed By Legion In The Bible Explained
    • Mark 5:1-20
    • Why Did Jesus Go To Gadarenes?
      • Mark 4:35
      • Mark 5:1-2
      • Luke 8:22
      • Luke 8:26-27
      • 1 John 2:1-2
      • Matthew 15:24
      • Romans 2:10-11
      • Romans 3:29-30
      • Psalms 18:43-44
      • Isaiah 60:5
      • John 10:14-17
      • Acts 10:9-22
    • Where Did The Gadarene Demoniac Live?
      • Mark 5:1-5
      • Matthew 8:28
      • Luke 8:26-27
      • Mark 5:20
    • Why Did The Gadarenes Have Pigs In The Bible?
      • Mark 5:10-13
      • Matthew 8:30-32
      • Luke 8:32-33
      • Leviticus 11:7-8
      • Isaiah 65:4
      • Isaiah 66:3
    • The Man Of Gadarenes Seeks Jesus
      • Luke 8:27-30 
      • Matthew 8:28-29
      • Mark 5:2-9
      • Exodus 19:3
      • John 4:19-20
      • 1 Kings 19:9-11
      • Mark 3:13-14
      • Mark 9:2
      • 1 Kings 18:20-22
      • 1 Kings 18:23-40
      • Mark 5:2-7
      • Luke 8:27-28
      • Isaiah 65:4
      • Isaiah 66:3
    • Jesus Sets The Demoniac Man Free
      • Luke 8:29
      • Matthew 4:1
      • Luke 4:1-2
      • Genesis 50:20-21
      • John 10:10
      • John 14:6-7
      • Mark 5:6-7
      • 1 Kings 18:37-39
      • Mark 5:8-13
      • Luke 8:29-33
      • 1 John 3:8
      • James 2:19
      • Luke 8:33
      • Mark 5:13
      • 1 Kings 18:40
      • John 8:44
      • Luke 8:34
      • Mark 5:14
      • Isaiah 66:3
      • Mark 5:15-16
      • Luke 8:35-36
      • John 8:32
      • John 8:36
      • Ephesians 2:5-7
      • Isaiah 61:10-11
      • 1 Corinthians 2:16
      • Luke 8:27
      • Colossians 1:21
      • Romans 8:7
      • Proverbs 25:25
      • Matthew 25:34-36
    • Jesus And The Gadarenes
      • Mark 5:14-17
      • Luke 8:34-37
      • Mark 5:18-20
      • Luke 8:38-39
      • Mark 7:31-32
      • Mark 8:1-10
      • Matthew 15:38

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