Mark 4:35 - 5:20(1)
Good Questions by Josh Hunt
These Questions Have Groups Talking
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2. Mark 4:35-5:20
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
 He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
 They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
[5:1] They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.  When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him.  This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, 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? Swear to God that you won't torture me!"  For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
 Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."  And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.  The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them."  He gave them permission, and the evil 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.
 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.  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.  Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man--and told about the pigs as well.  Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.  Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."  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.
3. I am sitting on an airplane and don't have access to any books. My vague memory is that we are not sure. You might check this out ahead of time. What? You want answers from me? No way! I am in charge of the questions!
4. It is the erroneous belief that if God really loved us he would save us from all troubles. Truth is God does love us and sometimes sends trouble our way because he loves us.
5. R.C. Sproul has a great discussion of this in his fine book The Holiness of God. This is the fear of the Holy one.