Matthew 8:28 to Matthew 9:13
Jesus met two people who were possessed with demons. These men had their personality completely changed by these demons that inflicted them. They were not in their right senses and these demons recognized Jesus. The devils knew they couldn’t inhabit the bodies of their human host anymore so they had to look for another prey and Jesus commanded them to go to the swine. These herds of swine ran mad into the sea. This shows that demons in a man can inflict to the point of insanity.
Jesus made us understand and dealt with cause and effect when dealing with people. A man sick of palsy; paralyzed and bed ridden had much more he was battling with than the physical disability. Jesus forgave his sins and then healed him. Jesus was so interested in the sick and healed them all; firstly he attacked the cause then the effect.
Jesus spent time ministering to unbelievers and sinners though he was criticized openly for this. He however made it clear to the Pharisees (the self-righteous leaders) that his assignment was to lead sinners to repentance because those who are well don’t need a physician but the sick.
Our focus should be firstly on the cause before we attack the effect. If a person is suicidal, has the spirit of depression, anger, bitterness, un-forgiveness, these spirit has first be dealt with. Some illnesses are deeply rooted in a past that hasn’t been dealt with. Demons are at work looking for suitable prey they can inhabit. And in some cases they attack a person’s personality, cause depression and more. Jesus has however set us free from the snare of the devil. Look into your life and if you notice a trait that is not of God, rebuke it and walk in your liberty in Christ Jesus.
I declare I am free and delivered from any manipulation of the devil. I am free indeed because he who the son of God sets free is free indeed.
Reading – Matthew 8:28 to Matthew 9:13
Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men
28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
The Calling of Matthew
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[b] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- Matthew 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes
- Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.