Friday, October 9, 2009

10/09/09 - Pigs or Jesus

In Matthew 8 we read:

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
29 And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
30Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them.
31 And the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs." 32 And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.
33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. (italics added)

Why did they beg him to leave? What did Jesus do that cause the town people to "implore" (NASB) him to go?

Was it healing the two men or was it killing the pigs? Where they more concerned with their livestock, their lively hood, or being with Jesus?

Don't we do the same thing!?! All too often we have our short term glasses on and not an eternal perspective of what Jesus is doing!

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