If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 34, Mark 5, Job 1, Romans 5. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Mark 5:1-20.
In Mark 5, Jesus met a demon possessed man. Clearly he had terrorized the community because verse 3b-4 says, “This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.” If they had tried to bind him, then clearly he was a problem to the people in the area.
Jesus had mercy on this man and commanded the demons to leave him. Though it cost someone his pigs, this man who had suffered so much by these demons was now released; he who had done so much damage is now a healthy, normal man. Given all of this, I find verse 17 surprising: “Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.” Jesus fixed their most terrifying problem and, more importantly, released a man from demonic bondage, yet they “plead with Jesus to leave”! Why do you think they did this instead of pleading with Jesus to stay, preach, heal, and make disciples in their area?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow