Christ casts devils out of the herd of swine.
Let us continue now to observe the dialog between the demonic spirits and Jesus Christ.
It should be noted that the swine is not only an unclean animal but it is the lowest of all carnal flesh.Matthew 8:30
And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
The word "If" implies that they knew Christ would and could cast them out. So make no mistake about it... demonic spirits are subject to the power and authority of Jesus Christ. They even pleaded with Him to allow them (suffer us) to enter into the herd of swine, to which He gave His permission and said "Go"! So the devils besought Him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Behold! Did you see that? Did you see how the low-life swine would not be made subject to these demonic spirits and so the whole herd ran violently down a steep place and into the sea, and perished in the waters? Yes, even pigs have more sense than to put up with demonic spirits. 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.
So a very good work has now been wrought by Jesus Christ and the two men possessed of the devils have been set free. That should bring good news to the community, shouldn't it?
Hey, the good news of what happened spread quickly.Matthew 8:33
And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
Uh oh! They want Jesus to "get out of town"? Where is the happiness and gratitude for what the Lord has done? And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts.
Well... it seems that they are not focused on the life given to the two men who were possessed with the evil spirits but rather on the large herd of bacon and pork loins lying at the bottom of the sea. Dr. Bullinger says it like this in the Companion Bible on page 1325: "Those who defiled the temple lost their trade and those who defiled Israel (here) lost their animals." Well, we certainly see where their priorities lie.
Hey, they should look at this way... Christ did them a favor because they shouldn't be eating that stuff anyway.
... to be continued.
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