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Jesus Calms the Storm and Saves a Demon-Possessed Man
Jesus is God of the Weather
Almost every civilization has worshipped some kind of a god who they believed controlled the weather. They believed so strongly that many sacrificed their children, themselves or others in their community to these gods to appease them and hoped to cause them to not bring draughts, storms, floods or tornados.
The ancient Greeks had Neptune as god of the seas; and when Ulysses tried to cross the sea to return to his wife, the mythical goddess Minerva had Neptune cause heavy winds and high waves to prevent his journey for twenty years. This, of course is a mythical story.
Now we discover that Jesus can command the wind and waves to obey Him.
The disciples got a boat, as Jesus had asked them. Jesus sat down in the boat and said, "Let us cross over to the landing place on the other side of the lake."
They left the people and there were other boats with them. While they were rowing, Jesus fell asleep. A wind storm came on the lake and the sea became very rough. The waves were washing over the sides, and the boat was filling up and near sinking. Jesus was sleeping on a blanket in the stern of the boat and His disciples woke him and shouted, "Our Teacher, Our Teacher, we are perishing! Do you not care?"
Jesus sat up and said to them, "Why are you fearful, Oh you of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and they quieted down and became very calm.
The men were terrified and astonished, and became exceedingly afraid. Shaking, they said, "Who is this man, that even the winds, the waves and the sea hear him and obey him?"209 The rest of the trip, they looked at Jesus with wonder, and were afraid to even speak to Him.
God did not create the storm, as ancient civilizations believed about their gods. The storm was created by the sun warming surface air as the earth rotates, causing it to rise. Cold upper atmospheric air then rushes in to fill the vacuum created by the warm rising air. Jesus as a human only wanted to sleep. God in a human body needed food and rest like all other humans. When He awoke, He, as only God could do, calmed the winds.
God is my shield and my strength. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices and I will praise Him with songs (Psalm 28:7). God is with me. God will cause my enemies to fear me and to flee from me [even disease and catastrophes]. It is the Lord who is fighting for me. He shall save me. God goes before me. He will not fail me nor forsake me. The Lord is my light and my salvation. He is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?
If you fear the Lord, you need not fear man, or sickness, or poverty, or disease, or any other worldly problem.
In God you will be glorified. In God you have put your trust.
The Lord is your helper. His law is in your heart. You will not fear what man or nature can do to you. He who reverences the Lord shall not be visited with evil. When terror comes upon you, have these verses hidden in your heart: Proverbs 10:24–27; Hebrews 13:6; Psalms 23:4; Genesis 15:1; Exodus 23:27; Numbers 14:9; Deuteronomy 3:22; 31:8; Joshua 10:24–25; 1st Chronicles 28:20; Job 11:13–15; Psalms 27:1–3; 33:8; 56:4; 111:10; 118:6; Proverbs 14:26–27; 19:23; 3:13, 19–26; Isaiah 41:10–14; 51:7, 8; Matthew 10:28, 31; Luke 12:7, 32; 8:50; 1st John 4:18; 5:14, 15.
209. Mark 4:35–40; Matthew 8:23–27; Luke 8:22–25.
Demons Attack a Herd of Swine
When the disciples rowed to the south side of the Sea of Galilee, to the country of the Gadarenes [Garasenes or Gidrai], they landed near a cemetery. There, Jesus was met by two lunatics. One was a man from the city of Gadar who had been possessed by a demon for a long time. These men were exceedingly vicious, so no one would dare to travel that road.
When they saw Jesus, They both cried out, "What business have you with us, Jesus, son of God? Have you come to torment us before our time?"
One of the men was naked, and lived in the cemetery. The residents tried to bind him with chains and ropes, but he easily cut the ropes and broke the chains and no one could control him. He remained in the cemetery day and night, yelling and cutting himself with sharp stones. This one ran to Jesus and fell down and worshipped Him; and he shouted, "What do we have in common, Jesus, exalted son of the Most High God? I beg you, by God, not to torment me or condemn me before the time!"
Jesus said, "Get out of him, you unclean spirit! What is your name?" He answered, "My name is Legion, because we are many. Please do not send us out of the cemetery. Please don't command us to go down into the abyss." There was a herd of about two thousand swine feeding on the mountainside; and the demons asked Him, "If you are going to heal him and cast us out, please send us to the swine and let us attack them."
Jesus said, "Do it." The demons went out of the men and entered the swine; and the entire herd ran to the cliff and fell down into the lake and drowned.
When the herdsmen who were feeding the swine saw what had happened, they ran to the town and the villages and told the people about the lunatics and how they were healed and everything that happened.
So the entire town came to see. They found Jesus; and one of the men from whom the demons went out was dressed and well behaved, sitting humbly at Jesus' feet. This frightened the Gerasenes, and they urged Him to leave their borders.
Jesus and His disciples got into the boat and the former lunatic begged to go with Him; but Jesus said, "No, go back to your own house, to your own people, and tell them what the LORD has done for you, and that He had mercy on you." Then this man left and preached throughout the ten towns and villages what Jesus had done for him.
Jesus crossed over the lake to His own city; a large crowd was waiting for Him and when He came, they welcomed Him.210
210. Mark 5:1–21; Luke 8:26–40; Matthew 8:28–9:1.
Bible Study: Protection from Demons: Hosea 4:6; John 3:16; Romans 10:9, 10; Mark 16:17, 18; Luke 13:11–13; 22:31–32; 2 Corinthians 12:7; I Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; Ephesians 6:11-19; Romans 6:6, 11; Galatians 5:24; Mark 5:8; Acts 8:7; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 4:27; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 10:19; Revelation 12:9; John 17:15; Matthew 12:43–45; Acts 1:8; 2:24; Acts 2:22–24; Luke 11:9–13; 1 Corinthians 14:4; Romans 8:26, 27; Psalm 23; James 4:7; Revelation 12:11; Warning: Acts 19:13–16.
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