Demon Possessed Man Healed

 

Three stories one event.

Matthew 8:28–34 (NIV)

Jesus Restores Two
Demon-Possessed Men

8:28–34pp—Mk
5:1–17; Lk 8:26–37

28 When he arrived at the other side
in the region of the Gadarenes, 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.

Mark 5:1–20 (NIV)

Jesus Restores a
Demon-Possessed Man

5:1–17pp—Mt
8:28–34; Lk 8:26–37

5:18–20pp—Lk 8:38,39

5 They went across the lake to the
region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the
tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one
could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had
often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the
irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night
and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself
with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance,
he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at
the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High
God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to
him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,”
he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again
and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on
the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us
among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them
permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd,
about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and
were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and
reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see
what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the
man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed
and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had
seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told
about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead
with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat,
the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus
did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own
people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had
mercy on you.”
20 So the man went away and began to
tell in the Decapolis  how much Jesus had done for him. And all the
people were amazed.

Luke 8:26–39 (NIV)

Jesus Restores a
Demon-Possessed Man

8:26–37pp—Mt
8:28–34

8:26–39pp—Mk 5:1–20

26 They sailed to the region of the
Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When
Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For
a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived
in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at
his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus,
Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For
Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it
had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard,
he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary
places.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied,
because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged
Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding
there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs,
and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of
the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into
the lake and was drowned.

34 When those tending the pigs saw
what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and
countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had
happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons
had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they
were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the
demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of
the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were
overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had
gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”
So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

 

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It was predicted in the OT and Fulfilled . . . by Jesus Christ in the NT

Recently I have inundated myself with criticisms of the Bible. I am not sure if they are trying to render the Bible less than inspired by God, but it feels as though. There are many questions I have about there analysis, but one significant one is if the Bible to them is not inspired by God, how do they explain the more than 300 prophecies Jesus fulfilled? Below is a partial list of prophecies Jesus fulfilled of the over than 300. You can find the complete list at: 353 Prophecies

I will be posting more of the list along with specific ones looked up in the Bible for viewing.

1. Gen. 3:15

Seed of a woman (virgin birth)

Galatians 4:4-5, Matthew 1:18

2. Gen. 3:15

He will bruise Satan’s head

Hebrews 2:14, 1John 3:8

3. Gen. 3:15

Christ’s heel would be bruised with nails on the cross

Matthew 27:35, Luke 24:39-40

4. Gen. 5:24

The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated

Mark 16:19, Rev. 12:5

5. Gen. 9:26, 27

The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem

Luke 3:23-36

6. Gen. 12:3

Seed of Abraham will bless all nations

Galatians 3:8, Acts 3:25, 26

7. Gen. 12:7

The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed

Galatians 3:16

8. Gen. 14:18

A priest after the order of Melchizedek

Hebrews 6:20

9. Gen. 14:18

King of Peace and Righteousness

Hebrews 7:2

10. Gen. 14:18

The Last Supper foreshadowed

Matthew 26:26-29

11. Gen. 17:19

Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12)

Romans 9:7

12. Gen. 22:8

The Lamb of God promised

John 1:29

13. Gen. 22:18

As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations

Galatians 3:16

14. Gen. 26:2-5

The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer

Hebrews 11:18

15. Gen. 28:12

The Bridge to heaven

John 1:51

16. Gen. 28:14

The Seed of Jacob

Luke 3:34

17. Gen. 49:10

The time of His coming

Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4

18. Gen. 49:10

The Seed of Judah

Luke 3:33

19. Gen. 49:10

Called Shiloh or One Sent

John 17:3

20. Gen. 49:10

Messiah to come before Judah lost identity

John 11:47-52

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

 

Professor Erhman talks about how the differences in the Gospels attributed to his decline in their believability and eventually lead him to him renounce his faith in Christ.  As I have read several of the “stories” from each of the Gospels, not one of them degrade the overall story.

I believe this is why so many of us don’t detect the difference between the Gospels, it does not change the story.  Dr. Erhman from one of his debates sarcastically asks about the woman who went to Christ’s tomb on the day of his reserection.  How many was it, what were their names, he asks . . .

Me, I don’t care how many woman, I don’t care what their names were.  What I do care about is whether or not Jesus was in the tomb or not.  You?

Matthew 19:16–30 (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to  get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only

     One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “ ‘You
shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall
not give false testimony,
19 honor
your father and mother,’
  and ‘love your
neighbor as yourself.’”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can
be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”

27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I
tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his
glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last
will be first.
  

Mark 10:17–31 (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God17 As Jesus started on  his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,”
he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?”
Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall
not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich
to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children,
how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with
God; all things are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or
sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel
30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present
age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”


Luke 18:18–30 (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal  life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?”  Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery,
you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. 

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one
thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus
looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who
is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with
God.”

28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said
to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”

 

 

PART 1 of 3 – What is Your Version?

{This is a comment I got from a friend when I posted What is Your Version?  I found it very informative and well written.  God Bless my friend Dave.}

Please allow me to speak boldly and at length on this topic.

PART 1 of 3

The modern mind set that “we’re more sophisticated than previous societies” is simply stated out of ignorance of previous civilizations. The fact is,the Roman Empire was so incredibly sophisticated that modern scholars and researchers still cannot comprehend all the complexities of their society.

The laws in Rome are one example of how such a society operated. If one looks at today’s legal system you will find that all throughout the western world, we’ve adopted the Roman model. Go to Webster’s Dictionary…look up the term “Civil Law”. What you will find is it says: Roman Civil Law, this is because the system today is very similar to the system 2000 years ago. This is not accidental! For your friends who are skeptical of the importance of this fact, remind them about the Prophesy of the Kingdoms of the World as written specifically in Daniel and Revelation.

We are living in the last days, of the last days. The final empire of the world before the return of Christ is the Revived Roman Empire. Many of our laws in the USA have been brought forward VERBATIM from the ancient Roman Empire. Another point to consider is that our legal Maxims of Law are brought forward in Latin, the language of ancient Rome.

The one world government/New World Order that so many fear is this same Revived Roman Empire. That is a fact of law and prophesy that can scarcely be denied. All the world is being set up before our eyes to make this NWO happen. All countries are getting on board, and those that are not….are the one’s that the US is either at war with right now, or are threatening with war!

As an aside for those who follow the “we’re wiser than the ancients” argument, check out the website http://www.beforeus.com Get ready to be blown away at their advanced technology!!

As far as Bible Translations are concerneed there is a problem that no one here has addressed, and that is, one actually has to have an incredible amount of historical knowledge about Customs, Traditions, usages, laws, and life of the ancients before they can begin to ascertain how to select a particular word to fit into the context of the sentence and paragraph. However, having said that there are certainly better texts than others.

The first thing that everyone reading the Bible should know is that in order to obtain a Copyright and make a profit on the work of the Prophets, one must SUBSTANTIALLY change the ORIGINAL TEXT!!!! If you are serious about learning more about who God is, and how you should be living your life…do you really want to be reading from a text that has been substantially changed from the original??? I certainly hope not.

My experience has been that as time goes by the translations have a way of becoming worse, not better. Historically, I’ve used the King James Version for my research, but not because it is “so superior”, but simply because so many of the companion texts are keyed to it. For the last 15 years I’ve been using the George Ricker Berry Greek Interlinear, but it also has some weaknesses. Still, for the New Testament, I feel it is probably the very best that anyone could get their hands on.

Con’t….  Part 2 of 3 What is Your Version?

What is Your Version?