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Mark 5   [KJV]

The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man

1And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
Q1. Where are the Gerasenes?
Q2. Did Jews inhabit the Gerasenes region?
Q3. Did the people of the Gerasenes region worship the One True God?

2And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Q4. Why do you think an evil spirit would even want to meet Jesus?

3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4Because 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. 5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
Q5. From this example, is it possible that evil spirits (i.e., Satan) have influence over this world?
Q6. Can evil spirits actually cause physical things to happen?
Q7. Can a sane person in the 21 century believe that a person can influenced to do certain things by evil spirits?
Q8. What is the best defense against evil?

Ephesians 6:10 [The Armor of God] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

6But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Q9. If you fall on your knees before some person, what does that mean? What does it demonstrate?
Q10. The man was driven by an evil spirit, so why did he fall on his knees before the Lord Jesus?
Q11. Did the evil spirit want to worship Jesus?

7And 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. 8For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Q12. The evil spirit seemed to know who Jesus was. How did the evil spirit address Jesus?
Q13. If Jesus was nothing more than a very "good" man, do you think that the evil spirit would still have come from the tombs to meet Jesus (or fallen down on his knees before Jesus or addressed Jesus as "Son of the Most High God")?
Q14. What did the evil spirit want Jesus to swear?
Q15. In Mark 1:25 & 26 Jesus commanded that the evil spirit leave the man and the evil spirit "grumbled" and left. How did this evil spirit act, when Jesus commanded it to leave the man?

9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Q16. What is a "legion"?

Note: Legion: (1) the principal unit of the Roman army comprising 3000 to 6000 foot soldiers with cavalry. (3) a very large number (Merriam-Webster).

Q17. Why didn't "Legion" want to go "out of the area"?
Q18. Did the evil spirit acknowledge Jesus' power? His deity?

11Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
Q19. "Legion" was grasping "at straws" and seemed to willingly accept a life dwelling in pigs. After Jesus left, do you think the evil spirits would have been willing to remain in the pigs or would they have begun a search for another "host"?
Q20. What words did "Legion" use to ask Jesus for permission?
Q21. How did the Jews regard pigs?

Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

13And 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.
Q22. Why did the pigs rush into the lake and, in essence, commit suicide?

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

14And 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.
Q23. Why did the herders run off into the town to report what had happened?
Q24. Did the herd of pigs represent any wealth?

15And 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. 16And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
Q25. Why were the people afraid, when they saw the former "possessed" man dressed and in his right mind?
Q26. Would it have mattered to the people if some animals had been destroyed?

17And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
Q27. Why would the people want such a miracle-maker to leave?

18And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19Howbeit 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.
Q28. In this place Jesus didn't ask the man to go into the synagogue and tell the priest. Why?
Q29. Jesus almost seemed to want the "advertising". Why?

20And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
Q30. We have read about Jesus' miracles. Jesus' fame seemed to precede Him, wherever He traveled. Why were the people amazed?
Q31. What amazes you the most about this event?

Note: Jesus is THE Son of God.

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman

21And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
Q32. Was it significant that a synagogue ruler came before Jesus?
Q33. Did Jairus jeopardize anything? What?

25And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
Q34. Have you ever been in a large crowd, with people pressing close to you? How did you feel?
Q35. Do you think that if someone touched you, you could have felt the touch?
Q36. Under Jewish rules, was there any stigma associated with the woman's condition?

26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Q37. Did the woman have faith?
Q38. Could there have been consequences to her from touching a religious man?

29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Q39. Why do you think Jesus cared who touched Him?

31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Q40. What do you think the woman was feeling?

34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Q41. After hearing the wonderful, compassionate voice of our Savior, what do you think the woman felt?

35While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Q42. If you were Jairus, what do you think you would have been feeling?
Q43. Do you think that hearing Jesus' reassuring voice would have given Jairus confidence?

37And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

Note: In Jewish times there was actually a professional service - paid mourners - whose job was to wail loudly and shed tears over the deceased.

39And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Q44. What does "asleep" mean? Was the child dead? Or not?

41And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 42And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Q45. What do you think were the emotions of Jairus and his wife?
Q46. Does this miracle demonstrate Jesus' power over death?

43And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Q47. Why did Jesus ask them to keep this miracle quiet?
Q48. Do you think that Jairus was willing to comply?
Q49. Why did the girl need to eat?

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