November 2nd, 2006
There are some people who seem to be just too big, too ugly, and too ferocious for us to mess with. When we encounter such people, we subconsciously decide that our mission in life doesn’t include making friends with them. The problem is that most other people think the same way, and accordingly the unlovely people tend to become the unloved. On the inside, however, they are pretty much like everyone else, and a small amount of attention can be enough to bring about a radical change in their lives.
Mark’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 5
5:1 They came to the country of the Gadarenes on the other side of the sea. 5:2 As soon as he stepped out of the boat a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs to meet him. 5:3 The man lived in the tombs. Nobody could restrain him with a chain any more. 5:4 He had often been restrained with fetters and chains, but he had torn apart the chains, and broken the fetters in pieces. Nobody was strong enough to tame him. 5:5 Night and day he would wander through the tombs and in the mountains, crying out and cutting himself with stones. 5:6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down, 5:7 crying out with a loud voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you in God’s name, don’t torment me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 5:9 and then asked it, “What is your name?” It replied, “My name is Legion, because we are many.” 5:10 It begged and pleaded that Jesus would not send them away out of the country. 5:11 On the mountainside a large herd of pigs was feeding. 5:12 All the demons pleaded, “Send us into the pigs; let us go into them.”
5:13 Jesus gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea. 5:14 The pig farmers ran off and told the story in the town and in the country. People came out to see what had happened. 5:15 They came to Jesus, and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons now sitting fully clothed and sane, and they were afraid. 5:16 People who had seen it happen told them all about the man who was possessed by demons, and the pigs. 5:17 They began to beg him to leave their district.
5:18 As he was getting back into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons asked if he could come with him. 5:19 Jesus refused permission, instead telling him, “Go home to your friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you.” 5:20 He went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis how Jesus had done great things for him, and everyone was amazed.
5:21 When Jesus arrived in the boat back on the other side, a large crowd assembled around him on the sea shore. 5:22 One of the synagogue presidents named Jairus came and fell at his feet, 5:23 earnestly pleading, “My little daughter is close to death. Please come and lay your hands on her so that she can recover and live.”
5:24 He went with him, and a crowd followed him, pressing in on him on all sides. 5:25 The was a woman who had been haemhorraging for twelve years, 5:26 and had suffered much at the hands of many doctors, spending all that she had without getting any better, but instead growing worse. 5:27 She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd, touching his clothes. 5:28 She thought, “I will be healed if I just touch his clothes.” 5:29 Her haemhorrage stopped immediately, and she could feel in her body that she was healed.
5:30 Jesus could feel that the power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 5:31 His disciples said, “You see the crowd pressing against you, and you ask, ‘Who touched me?'” 5:32 He looked around to find who had done it. 5:33 The woman, fearful and trembling and knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, confessing the truth. 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. You are cured of your disease.”
5:35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue president’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?” 5:36 Disregarding what they were saying, Jesus said to the synagogue president, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” 5:37 He let no one follow him except Peter, James, and his brother John. 5:38 At the synagogue president’s house he encountered a turmoil of people weeping and wailing loudly. 5:39 He went in and spoke to them, “Why do you make this noise and weep? The child is asleep, not dead.”
5:40 They ridiculed him. But he sent them all out, and took the father and mother of the child and those who were with him in to where the child was lying. 5:41 Taking the child by the hand, he said, “Talitha cumi!” which translates as, “Girl, I tell you, get up!” 5:42 At once the girl rose up and walked. She was twelve years old. They were completely amazed. 5:43 He gave strict instructions that no one should know about this, and he told them to give to her something to eat.
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