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Mark 5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 5:1-10 – Demon ‘Legion’ Expelled

CHAPTER FIVE:
A DEMON EXORCISED, A WOMAN HEALED,
AND A DEAD GIRL RAISED

[“Crowds Follow Miracle-Worker”]

Mark 5:1-10 – Demon ‘Legion’ Expelled

|| Matthew 8:28-34;[1] Luke 8:26-39

MK5:1 Now when they arrived on the other side of the sea they beached in the land of the Gadarenes.[2] MK5:2 And when Jesus stepped ashore instantly a man with an unclean demon approached him from among the graves. MK5:3 [This person] was living among the tombs and no one had been able to bind him, even with chains. MK5:4 For though he had been bound with shackles on hands and feet, he would snap the chains and break them to pieces. Nor could any one ever control him. MK5:5 He always stayed in the mountains and among the tombs day and night, shrieking and cutting himself with sharp stones. MK5:6 However, when he saw Jesus in the distance he ran up to him and fell at his feet.[3] MK5:7 And then he screamed at the top of his voice: “What is there between you and me, Jesus,[4] you Son of the Most High God?[5] I beg you before the God[6] not to torment me!”[7] MK5:8 Then Jesus said to him: “You unclean demon, come out of this man!” MK5:9 Then Jesus asked him: “What is your name?” And he answered: “Legion,[8] because there are many of us!” MK5:10 And the man kept begging Jesus again and again that he would not expel them from this country [of the Gadarenes].

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[1] Matthew 8:28-34: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] Gadarenes: Some manuscripts have “Gerasenes.” Possibly an area out of Gerasa.

[3] Fell at his feet: Some versions say “worshipped” but the Greek is PROSEKYNESEN [bow + kiss] and means a respectful prostration. Whether is actions was generated by the poor man himself, or the demons within is not clear.

[4] What is there between you and me, Jesus: A statement of repellency suggesting there is no relationship between the two. It is likely the demons speak. Compare notes on this phrase in John 2:4. The man would not know who Jesus was but those who inhabit him do.

[5] Son of the Most High God: Possibly a reference to their knowledge of Christ’s pre-existence** among the sons of God. [Job 38:7; Proverbs 8:22-30] For details on the pre-existence of Christ compare notes on John 17:5. The demons do not call Jesus “God.”

[6] The God: TON THEON as in John 1:1b.

[7] Torment me: The English conveys a different idea than the original which has the idea of imprisonment or punishment. The other accounts mention the “abyss.” [Revelation 20:3]

[8] Legion: Or, 6,000!

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Opposite to the Nazarene Friends and the idea of the translator of the Bible Version The Nazarene Commentary (Mark Heber Miller), the Christadelphian Biblestudents do not believe in such a pre-existence of Jesus Christ.

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Preceding

Matthew 8:28-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Demon-possessed of the Gadarenes

Mark 3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 3:7-12 – Crowds Follow Jesus

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Review Questions on Chapter Four

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Additional reading

  1. Jesus the “God-Man”: Really?
  2. About a man who changed history of humankind
  3. Around pre-existence of Christ
  4. Preexistence in the Divine purpose and Trinity
  5. The Word being a quality or aspect of God Himself
  6. Jesus begotten Son of God #8 Found Divinely Created not Incarnated
  7. Jesus begotten Son of God #11 Existence and Genesis Raising up
  8. Jesus begotten Son of God #13 Pre-existence excluding virginal birth of the Only One Transposed
  9. Jesus begotten Son of God #20 Before and After

Mark 3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 3:7-12 – Crowds Follow Jesus

Mark 3:7-12 – Crowds Follow Jesus

|| Matthew 12:15, 16;[1] Luke 6:17-19

MK3:7 Now Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the seashore and a large crowd from Galilee and from Judea followed him. MK3:8 And because they had heard such great things about Jesus numerous people from Jerusalem, Idumaea, and from beyond the Jordan, and others from Tyre and Sidon – all these came to him. MK3:9 Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crush of the crowd. MK3:10 For Jesus had healed so many sick people that the crowds pressed in upon him just to touch him. MK3:11 When [people possessed by] unclean demons saw him they fell down at his feet and cried aloud: “You are the Son of the God!”[2] MK3:12 So Jesus strictly commanded them not to reveal who he was.

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[1] Matthew 12:15, 16: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] You are the Son of the God: Some see this has a reference to Christ’s pre-existence. [Proverbs 8:22-30]

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Preceding

Mark 3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 3:1-6 – A Withered Hand Cured on the Sabbath

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Related

  1. Can You Imagine?
  2. Mark 3: Acknowledge the Lord

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