My church is doing a study in angelology starting this coming Sunday. I think that we do think too little about angels. The Bible clearly indicates that there are wars in the spiritual realm that we do not see. The first battle I am aware of was when the archangel Michael took on Lucifer and a third of the angels and they were thrown to earth. The fallen angels are the daemons who wander looking for people or places to control. I believe demons are very well organised but are hateful. I think that C. S. Lewis was correct to write a story where the Satanic hierarchy is compared with a modern beaurocracy.
In today’s story a legion of daemons possess an unfortunate man and then possess pigs that charge to their deaths. This shows the destructive and malevolent intent of Satan and his daemons. Although they may promise power it comes at too high a price.
26They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[b] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29For Jesus had commanded the evil[c] spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
- To what region did Jesus sail?
- What did the man plead with Jesus upon his arrival?
- What does the casting out of a legion of daemons show?
- What is your view of the daemonic?
- Is it possible for a Christian to be possessed?
Real or fake?