God’s Guiding Word: Discipleship
Mark 5:1–20: After preaching to a large crowd of people, Jesus and the disciples cross Lake Galilee by boat and arrive in Gentile territory where they encounter a man possessed by evil spirits.
5 Jesus and his disciples arrived on the other side of Lake Galilee, in the territory of Gerasa. 2 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, he was met by a man who came out of the burial caves there. This man had an evil spirit in him 3 and lived among the tombs. Nobody could keep him tied with chains any more; 4 many times his feet and his hands had been tied, but every time he broke the chains and smashed the irons on his feet. He was too strong for anyone to control him. 5 Day and night he wandered among the tombs and through the hills, screaming and cutting himself with stones.
6 He was some distance away when he saw Jesus; so he ran, fell on his knees before him, 7 and screamed in a loud voice, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God! What do you want with me? For God’s sake, I beg you, don’t punish me!” (8 He said this because Jesus was saying, “Evil spirit, come out of this man!”)
9 So Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
The man answered, “My name is ‘Mob’—there are so many of us!” 10 And he kept begging Jesus not to send the evil spirits out of that region.
11 There was a large herd of pigs near by, feeding on a hillside. 12 So the spirits begged Jesus, “Send us to the pigs, and let us go into them.” 13 He let them go, and the evil spirits went out of the man and entered the pigs. The whole herd—about two thousand pigs in all—rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned.
14 The men who had been taking care of the pigs ran away and spread the news in the town and among the farms. People went out to see what had happened, 15 and when they came to Jesus, they saw the man who used to have the mob of demons in him. He was sitting there, clothed and in his right mind; and they were all afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the man with the demons, and about the pigs.
17 So they asked Jesus to leave their territory.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had had the demons begged him, “Let me go with you!”
19 But Jesus would not let him. Instead, he told him, “Go back home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how kind he has been to you.”
20 So the man left and went all through the Ten Towns, telling what Jesus had done for him. And all who heard it were amazed.
Today’s Key Verse: Mark 5:19b
[Jesus said:] “Go back home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how kind he has been to you.”
How is the man Jesus and his disciples encountered described (verses 2–5)? What did he say to Jesus (verse 7)? According to verses 11–13, what happened? Why were the people afraid after Jesus healed the man (verse 15)? What did the man do after he was healed (verse 20)? What does this story teach you about Jesus? With whom will you share the Good News about Jesus today?
Lord Jesus, you know my name and have called me to follow you. Empower me with your Holy Spirit to tell others about you and to proclaim all the wonderful things you have done. Amen.
Mark 5:21–43: Jesus restores a girl to life and heals a woman.