Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 88

Miracle #17. Healing two demoniacs.

  1. The Seventeenth Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. The Omniscient Empathy of the Messiah
  4. Messsiah’s power over demonic forces
  5. The demons had a plan to test the people of Gadara
  6. The people of Gadara asked the Messiah to leave!

The Seventeenth Miracle of Messiah:

Mattai 8:28-34

וַיְהִי כְּבֹאוֹ אֶל־עֵבֶר הַיָּם אֶל־אֶרֶץ הַגַּדְרִיִּם וַיִּפְגְּשׁוּהוּ שְׁנֵי אֲנָשִׁים אֲחוּזֵי שֵׁדִים יֹצְאִים מִבָּתֵּי הַקְּבָרוֹת וְהֵמָּה רַגְזָנִים מְאֹד עַד אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָכֹל אִישׁ לַעֲבֹר בַּדֶּרֶךְ הַהוּא׃ וְהִנֵּה הֵם צֹעֲקִים לֵאמֹר מָה לָּנוּ וָלָךְ יֵשׁוּעַ בֶּן הָאֱלֹהִים הֲבָאתָ הֲלֹם לְעַנּוֹתֵנוּ בְּלֹא עֵת׃ וְשָׁם עֵדֶר חֲזִירִים רַבִּים רֹעִים הָרְחֵק מֵהֶם׃ וַיִּתְחַנֲנוּ אֵלָיו הַשֵׁדִים לֵאמֹר אִם תְּגָרֲשֵׁנוּ תְּנָה לָּנוּ לָבוֹא בְּעֵדֶר הַחֲזִירִים׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם לֵכוּ וַיֵּצְאוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ בְּעֵדֶר הַחֲזִירִים וְהִנֵּה הִשְׂתָּעֵר כָּל־עֵדֶר הַחֲזִירִים מִן־הַמּוֹרָד אֶל־הַיָּם וַיָּמוּתוּ בַּמָּיִם׃ וַיָּנוּסוּ הָרֹעִים וַיָּבֹאוּ הָעִירָה וַיַּגִּידוּ אֶת־הַכֹּל וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה לַאֲחוּזֵי הַשֵׁדִים׃ וְהִנֵּה כָּל־הָעִיר יָצְאָה לִקְרַאת יֵשׁוּעַ וְכִרְאוֹתָם אֹתוֹ וַיְבַקְשׁוּ מִמֶּנּוּ לַעֲבֹר מִגְּבוּלָם׃

כַּאֲשֶׁר בָּא אֶל עֵבֶר הַיָּם, אֶל אֶרֶץ הַגַּדְרִיִּים, פְּגָשׁוּהוּ שְׁנֵי אֲנָשִׁים אֲחוּזֵי שֵׁדִים בְּצֵאתָם מִמְּעָרוֹת הַקְּבָרִים. הֵם הָיוּ תּוֹקְפָנִיִּים כָּל כָּךְ, שֶׁאִישׁ לֹא הָיָה יָכוֹל לַעֲבֹר בְּאוֹתָהּ דֶּרֶךְ. אָז הֵחֵלּוּ צוֹעֲקִים: “מַה לָּנוּ וּלְךָ בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים – בָּאתָ הֵנָּה לְעַנּוֹת אוֹתָנוּ בְּטֶרֶם עֵת?” בְּמֶרְחָק מְסֻיָּם מֵהֶם רָעָה עֵדֶר חֲזִירִים גָּדוֹלֹ. הִפְצִירוּ בּוֹ הַשֵּׁדִים וְאָמְרוּ: “אִם תְּגָרֵשׁ אוֹתָנוּ, שְׁלַח אוֹתָנוּ לְתוֹךְ עֵדֶר הַחֲזִירִים.” אָמַר לָהֶם: “לְכוּ!” הֵם יָצְאוּ וְנִכְנְסוּ לְתוֹךְ הַחֲזִירִים, וְהִנֵּה כָּל הָעֵדֶר הִסְתָּעֵר בַּמּוֹרָד אֶל הַיָּם וּמֵת בַּמַּיִם. בָּרְחוּ הָרוֹעִים וּבָאוּ הָעִירָה. שָׁם סִפְּרוּ אֶת הַכֹּל וְאֶת מַה שֶּׁקָּרָה לַאֲחוּזֵי הַשֵּׁדִים, וְכָל הָעִיר יָצְאָה לִקְרַאת יֵשׁוּעַ. כְּשֶׁרָאוּ אוֹתוֹ הַתּוֹשָׁבִים בִּקְשׁוּ מִמֶּנּוּ שֶׁיֵּלֵךְ מֶאֱזוֹרָם. פ

When He (the Messiah) came to the other side of the sea, to the land of Gadriyim, two men who were gripped by demons met Him as they were coming out from the tombs, and they were so belligerent that no one was able to cross that road. They were screaming, saying, “What do we have to do with you. Yeshua, Ben Elohim? Have you come here to afflict us when it is not time?” There was a heard of many pigs there, grazing at a distance from them. The demons begged Him, saying, “If you drive us out, let us enter the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” They came out and entered the herd of pigs, and the entire herd of pigs rushed down the slope into the sea, and they died in the water. The herders fled, and they came to the town and told about everything that had happened to the men gripped by demons. Then the entire town went out to meet Yeshua (lit. the ‘Salvation of Adonai’), and when they saw Him, they requested that He leave their region.

Markos 5:1-20

וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־עֵבֶר הַיָּם אֶל־אֶרֶץ הַגַּדְרִיִּם׃ הוּא יָצָא מִן־הָאֳנִיָּה וְהִנֵּה־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־רוּחַ טֻמְאָה בּוֹ בָּא לִקְרָאתוֹ מִבֵּין הַקְּבָרִים׃ וּמוֹשָׁבוֹ בַּקְּבָרִים וְגַם בַּעֲבֹתִים לֹא־יָכֹל אִישׁ לְאָסְרוֹ׃ כִּי־פְעָמִים הַרְבֵּה אֲסָרוּהוּ בִּכְבָלִים וּבַעֲבֹתִים וַיְנַתֵּק אֶת־הָעֲבֹתִים וַיְשַׁבֵּר אֶת־הַכְּבָלִים וְאִישׁ לֹא עָצַר כֹּח לְכָבְשׁוֹ׃ וְהוּא תָמִיד לַיְלָה וְיוֹמָם בֶּהָרִים וּבַקְּבָרִים צֹעֵק וּפֹצֵעַ אֶת־עַצְמוֹ בָּאֲבָנִים׃ וַיְהִי כִּרְאֹתוֹ אֶת־יֵשׁוּעַ מֵרָחוֹק וַיָּרָץ וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לוֹ׃ וַיִּזְעַק קוֹל גָּדוֹל וַיֹּאמֶר מַה־לִי וָלָךְ יֵשׁוּעַ בֶּן־אֵל עֶלְיוֹן הִנְנִי מַשְׁבִּיעֲךָ בֵּאלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא תְעַנֵּנִי׃ כִּי הוּא אָמַר אֵלָיו צֵא רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה מִן־הָאָדָם הַזֶּה׃ וַיִּשְׁאַל אֹתוֹ מַה־שְּׁמֶךָ וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמֶר לִגְיוֹן שְׁמִי כִּי־רַבִּים אֲנָחְנוּ׃ וַיִּתְחַנֵּן אֵלָיו מְאֹד לְבִלְתִּי שַׁלְּחָם אֶל־מִחוּץ לָאָרֶץ׃ וְעֵדֶר חֲזִירִים רַבִּים הָיָה שָׁם רֹעֶה בְּמוֹרַד הֶהָרִים׃ וַיִּתְחַנֲנוּ־לוֹ כָל־הַשֵּׁדִים לֵאמֹר שַׁלְּחֵנוּ אֶל־הַחֲזִירִים וְנָבֹאָה אֶל־תּוֹכָם׃ וַיָּנוּסוּ רֹעֵי הַחֲזִירִים וַיַגַּידוּ אֶת־הַדָּבָר בָּעִיר וּבַשָׂדוֹת וַיֵּצְאוּ לִרְאוֹת אֶת־אֲשֶׁר־נִהְיָתָה׃ וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־יֵשׁוּעַ וַיִּרְאוּ אֶת־אֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים אֲשֶׁר הַלִּגְיוֹן בּוֹ וְהוּא יוֹשֵׁב מְלֻבָּשׁ בְּגָדִים וְטוֹב־שֵׁכֶל וַיִּירָאוּ׃ וַיַּגִּידוּ לָהֶם הָרֹאִים אֶת־אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה לַאֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים וְאֶת־דְּבַר הַחֲזִירִים׃ וַיִּתְחַנֲנוּ לוֹ לָסוּר מִגְּבוּלֵיהֶם׃ וַיְהִי בְּרִדְתּוֹ אֶל־הָאֳנִיָּה וַיִּתְחַנֵּן אֵלָיו הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הָיָה אֲחוּז שֵׁדִים לְתִתּוֹ לָשֶׁבֶת עִמּוֹ׃ וְלֹא הִנִּיחַ לוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו שׁוּב לְבֵיתְךָ אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתֶּךָ וְהַגֵּד לָהֶם אֶת־הַגְּדֹלוֹת אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה לְךָ יְהוָֹה וַיְחֻנֲֶָּ׃ וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיִּקְרָא בְּעֶשֶׂר הֶעָרִים אֶת־הַגְּדוֹלוֹת אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ וַיִּתְמְהוּ כֻּלָּם׃

 הֵם בָּאוּ אֶל עֵבֶר הַיָּם, אֶל אֶרֶץ הַגֵּרָשִׁיִּים. אַךְ יָצָא מִן הַסִּירָה וְהִנֵּה בָּא לִקְרָאתוֹ אִישׁ מִבֵּין הַקְּבָרִים וְרוּחַ טְמֵאָה בּוֹ. הוּא הָיָה גָּר בִּמְעָרוֹת הַקְּבָרִים וְאִישׁ לֹא יָכוֹל עוֹד לִכְבֹּל אוֹתוֹ, גַּם לֹא בַּאֲזִקִּים, כִּי פְּעָמִים רַבּוֹת כָּבְלוּ אוֹתוֹ בִּכְבָלִים וּבַאֲזִקִּים וְהוּא נִתֵּק אֶת הָאֲזִקִּים וְקָרַע אֶת הַכְּבָלִים וְאִישׁ לֹא הָיָה יָכוֹל לְהַכְנִיעַ אוֹתוֹ. תָּמִיד, יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה, בַּקְּבָרוֹת וּבֶהָרִים הָיָה צוֹעֵק וּפוֹצֵעַ אֶת עַצְמוֹ בַּאֲבָנִים. כִּרְאוֹתוֹ אֶת יֵשׁוּעַ מֵרָחוֹק, רָץ וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוָה לוֹ, וְצָעַק בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל: “מַה לִּי וּלְךָ, יֵשׁוּעַ בֶּן אֵל עֶלְיוֹן? אֲנִי מַשְׁבִּיעַ אוֹתְךָ בֵּאלֹהִים, אַל תְּעַנֶּה אוֹתִי!” (כִּי יֵשׁוּעַ אָמַר וְאָמַר לוֹ, “צְאִי מִן הָאִישׁ, הָרוּחַ הַטְּמֵאָה!”) שָׁאַל אוֹתוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ: “מַה שִּׁמְךָ?” הֵשִׁיב לוֹ: “שְׁמִי לִגְיוֹן, כִּי רַבִּים אֲנַחְנוּ.” הֵן הִפְצִירוּ בּוֹ מְאֹד שֶׁלֹּא יִשְׁלַח אוֹתָן אֶל מִחוּץ לָאֵזוֹר. עֵדֶר גָּדוֹל שֶׁל חֲזִירִים הָיָה רוֹעֶה שָׁם סָמוּךְ לָהָר, וְהֵן בִּקְשׁוּ מִיֵּשׁוּעַ: “שְׁלַח אוֹתָנוּ אֶל הַחֲזִירִים וְנִכָּנֵס לְתוֹכָם.” הוּא הִרְשָׁה לָהֶן. יָצְאוּ הָרוּחוֹת הַטְּמֵאוֹת וְנִכְנְסוּ בַּחֲזִירִים, וְהָעֵדֶר הִסְתָּעֵר מִמּוֹרַד הָהָר אֶל הַיָּם. כְּאַלְפַּיִם רֹאשׁ טָבְעוּ בַּיָּם. בָּרְחוּ הָרוֹעִים וְסִפְּרוּ אֶת הַמַּעֲשֶׂה בָּעִיר וּבַכְּפָרִים, וַאֲנָשִׁים בָּאוּ לִרְאוֹת מַה שֶּׁקָּרָה. הֵם בָּאוּ אֶל יֵשׁוּעַ וְרָאוּ אֶת אֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים אֲשֶׁר דָּבַק בּוֹ הַלִּגְיוֹן, וְהוּא יוֹשֵׁב לָבוּשׁ, שָׁפוּי בְּדַעְתּוֹ. פַּחַד נָפַל עֲלֵיהֶם. הָאֲנָשִׁים שֶׁרָאוּ אֶת הַמַּעֲשֶׂה סִפְּרוּ לָהֶם אֶת שֶׁקָּרָה לַאֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים, וְגַם אֶת עִנְיַן הַחֲזִירִים. אָז הֵחֵלּוּ מְבַקְשִׁים מִמֶּנּוּ שֶׁיֵּלֵךְ מֵאֱזוֹרָם. כְּשֶׁנִּכְנַס לַסִּירָה בִּקֵּשׁ מִמֶּנּוּ אֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים לְהִשָּׁאֵר אִתּוֹ, אַךְ יֵשׁוּעַ לֹא הִרְשָׁה לוֹ כִּי אִם אָמַר אֵלָיו: “לֵךְ לְבֵיתְךָ אֶל מִשְׁפַּחְתְּךָ וְהַגֵּד לָהֶם מַה שֶּׁעָשָׂה לְךָ אֱלֹהִים בְּרַחֲמָיו עָלֶיךָ.” הוּא הָלַךְ וְהֵחֵל לְהַכְרִיז בְּעֶשֶׂר הֶעָרִים אֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ, וְהַכֹּל תָּמְהוּ. פ

They came to the other side of the sea, to the land of the Gadriyim. He went out from the boat, and a man in whom was a spirit of impurity came to meet Him from among the tombs. His dwelling place was in the tombs, and even with chains (or ropes) no one was able to bind him. For they had bound him many times with shackles and chains, but he snapped the chains and smashed the shackles, and no one had the strength to subdue him. But he was always, day and night, in the hills and in the tombs, screaming and injuring himself on the stones. When He saw Yeshua from a distance, he ran and bowed down to Him. He cried out with a loud voice and said, “What do I have to do with you, Yeshua, Ben-El Elyon (Son of the Almighty Most High)?  I want you to swear to the Almighty that you will not afflict me!” For He had said to him, “Go out, spirit of impurity, from this man!” He asked it, “What is your name?” And it answered, “Legion is my name, for we are many.” And it strongly begged Him not to send them outside of the land. Now a herd of many pigs was there, grazing on the slopes of the hills. All the demons begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs and let us enter them.” He allowed them, and the spirits of impurity went out and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the slope into the sea. They were about two thousand in number, and they drowned in the sea. The pig herders fled and told of the matter in the town and in the fields, and they went out to see what had happened. They came to Yeshua and saw the man gripped by demons, and the man who had the legion in him. But he was sitting wearing clothes and in his right mind, and they were afraid. Those who saw told them what had happened to the man gripped by demons and the matter of the pigs. They begged Him to depart from their region. When He went down into the boat, the man who had been gripped by demons begged him to let him stay with Him. He did not permit him, and said, “Return home to your family, and tell them the great things that Adonai (HaShem) has done for you and that He has been gracious to you.” So he went and proclaimed in the Ten Cities (the Decapolis) the great things that (the Messiah) Yeshua had done for Him, and everyone was amazed.

Lukas 8:26-39

וַיַּעַבְרוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־אֶרֶץ הַגַּדְרִיִּים אֲשֶׁר מִמּוּל הַגָּלִיל׃ וַיַּעַל אֶל־הַיַּבָּשָׁה וַיִּפְגְּשֵׁהוּ אִישׁ יֹצֵא מִן הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר שֵׁדִים בּוֹ מִיָּמִים רַבִּים וּבֶגֶד לֹא לָבַשׁ וּבְבַיִת לֹא יָשַׁב כִּי אִם־בַּקְּבָרִים׃ וַיַּרְא אֶת־יֵשׁוּעַ וַיִּפֹּל לְפָנָיו וַיִּקְרָא בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל מַה־לִּי וָלָךְ יֵשׁוּעַ בֶּן־אֵל עֶלְיוֹן מְבַקֵּשׁ אֲנִי מִמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר לֹא תְעַנֵּנִי׃ כִּי הוּא צִוָּה אֶת־הָרוּחַ הַטָּמֵא לָצֵאת מִן־הָאִישׁ כִּי יָמִים רַבִּים תָּפַשׂ בּוֹ וַיֵּאָסֵר בַּזִּיקִים וַיִּשָּׁמֵר בַּכְּבָלִים וְהָיָה כִּי יְנַתֵּק אֶת־הַמּוֹסֵרוֹת וְנִדַּח בְּיַד הַשֵּׁד אֶל־הַמִּדְבָּרוֹת׃ וַיִּשְׁאַל אֹתוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ לֵאמֹר מַה־שְּׁמֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר לִגְיוֹן שְׁמִי כִּי־שֵׁדִים רַבִּים נִכְנְסוּ בוֹ׃ וַיִּתְחַנֲנוּ לוֹ לְבִלְתִּי צַוֹּת אֹתָם לָרֶדֶת אֶל־הַתְּהוֹם׃ וְשָׁם עֵדֶר חֲזִירִים רַבִּים רֹעֶה בָהָר וַיִּתְחַנֲנוּ לוֹ לְהַנִּיחַ לָהֶם לָבוֹא בְתוֹכָם וַיַּנַּח לָהֶם׃ וַיֵּצְאוּ הַשֵּׁדִים מִן־הָאָדָם הַהוּא וַיָּבֹאוּ בַּחֲזִירִים וַיִּשְׂתָּעֵר הָעֵדֶר מִן־הַמּוֹרָד אֶל־הַיָּם וַיִּטְבָּע׃ וְהָרֹעִים רָאוּ אֵת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה וַיָּנוּסוּ וַיַּגִּידוּ הַדָּבָר בָּעִיר וּבַכְּפָרִים׃ וַיֵּצְאוּ לִרְאֹת אֵת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־יֵשׁוּעַ וַיִּמְצְאוּ־שָׁם אֶת־הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מִמֶּנּוּ הַשֵּׁדִים וְהוּא ישֵׁב לְרַגְלֵי יֵשׁוּעַ מְלֻבָּשׁ בְּגָדִים וְטוֹב־שֵׂכֶל וַיִּירָאוּ׃ וַיַּגִּידוּ לָהֶם הָרֹאִים אֵיךְ נִרְפָּא אֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים׃ וַיְבַקְשׁוּ מִמֶּנּוּ כָּל־הֲמוֹן חֶבֶל הַגַּדְרִיִּים לָלֶכֶת מֵאִתָּם כִּי־אֵימָה גְדוֹלָה נָפְלָה עֲלֵיהֶם וַיֵּרֶד בָּאֳנִיָּה וַיָּשֹׁב׃ וַיְבַקֵּשׁ מִמֶּנּוּ הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מִמֶּנּוּ הַשֵּׁדִים לָשֶׁבֶת אִתּוֹ וַיְשַׁלַּח אֹתוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ וַיֹּאמַר׃ וַיְבַקֵּשׁ מִמֶּנּוּ הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מִמֶּנּוּ הַשֵּׁדִים לָשֶׁבֶת אִתּוֹ וַיְשַׁלַּח אֹתוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ וַיֹּאמַר׃

הֵם שָׁטוּ אֶל חֶבֶל אֶרֶץ הַגִּרְגָּשִׁיִּים אֲשֶׁר מִמּוּל הַגָּלִיל. כַּאֲשֶׁר עָלָה לַיַּבָּשָׁה, פָּגַשׁ אוֹתוֹ אִישׁ מִן הָעִיר וְהָאִישׁ אֲחוּז שֵׁדִים; זְמַן רַב לֹא לָבַשׁ בְּגָדִים וְלֹא גָּר בְּבַיִת כִּי אִם בִּמְעָרוֹת הַקְּבָרִים. כִּרְאוֹתוֹ אֶת יֵשׁוּעַ צָעַק וְנָפַל אַרְצָה לְפָנָיו וְקָרָא בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל: “מַה לִּי וּלְךָ יֵשׁוּעַ, בֶּן אֵל עֶלְיוֹן? אֲנִי מִתְחַנֵּן אֵלֶיךָ, אַל תְּעַנֶּה אוֹתִי”; שֶׁכֵּן יֵשׁוּעַ צִוָּה עַל הָרוּחַ הַטְּמֵאָה לָצֵאת מִן הָאִישׁ. פְּעָמִים רַבּוֹת הִתְקִיפָה אוֹתוֹ, וְהָיוּ שׁוֹמְרִים אוֹתוֹ כָּבוּל בְּיָדָיו וּבְרַגְלָיו, אֶלָּא שֶׁהָיָה מְנַתֵּק אֶת הַכְּבָלִים וְנִדְחָף עַל־יְדֵי הַשֵּׁד אֶל מְקוֹמוֹת שׁוֹמְמִים. שָׁאַל אוֹתוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ: “מַה שִּׁמְךָ?” הֵשִׁיב הָאִישׁ: “שְׁמִי לִגְיוֹן”, שֶׁכֵּן שֵׁדִים רַבִּים נִכְנְסוּ בּוֹ. הַשֵּׁדִים בִּקְשׁוּ מִיֵּשׁוּעַ שֶׁלֹּא יְצַוֶּה עֲלֵיהֶם לָרֶדֶת אֶל הַתְּהוֹם, וְכֵיוָן שֶׁעֵדֶר גָּדוֹל שֶׁל חֲזִירִים הָיָה רוֹעֶה שָׁם בָּהָר, הִתְחַנְּנוּ אֶל יֵשׁוּעַ שֶׁיַּנִּיחַ לָהֶם לְהִכָּנֵס לְתוֹכָם. הוּא הִרְשָׁה לָהֶם. לְאַחַר צֵאתָם מִן הָאִישׁ נִכְנְסוּ הַשֵּׁדִים בַּחֲזִירִים, וְהָעֵדֶר הִסְתָּעֵר מִמּוֹרַד הָהָר אֶל הַיָּם וְטָבַע. כִּרְאוֹתָם אֶת הַנַּעֲשֶׂה בָּרְחוּ הָרוֹעִים וְסִפְּרוּ אֶת הַדָּבָר בָּעִיר וּבַכְּפָרִים. הַתּוֹשָׁבִים יָצְאוּ לִרְאוֹת מַה קָּרָה. בְּבוֹאָם אֶל יֵשׁוּעַ מָצְאוּ אֶת הָאִישׁ שֶׁהַשֵּׁדִים יָצְאוּ מִתּוֹכוֹ, וְהוּא יוֹשֵׁב לְרַגְלֵי יֵשׁוּעַ לָבוּשׁ וְשָׁפוּי בְּדַעְתּוֹ. פַּחַד מִלֵּא אֶת לִבָּם. הָאֲנָשִׁים שֶׁרָאוּ אֶת הַמַּעֲשֶׂה סִפְּרוּ לָהֶם כֵּיצַד נִרְפָּא אֲחוּז הַשֵּׁדִים. וְכָל הֶהָמוֹן שֶׁבָּא מֵאֵזוֹר הַגִּרְגָּשִׁיִּים בִּקֵּשׁ מִיֵּשׁוּעַ שֶׁיֵּלֵךְ מֵאִתָּם, כִּי פַּחַד גָּדוֹל נָפַל עֲלֵיהֶם. לְפִיכָךְ יָרַד לְסִירָה וְחָזַר. אַךְ הָאִישׁ שֶׁיָּצְאוּ מִתּוֹכוֹ הַשֵּׁדִים בִּקֵּשׁ מִיֵּשׁוּעַ שֶׁיַּנִּיחַ לוֹ לְהִשָּׁאֵר אִתּוֹ, אֶלָּא שֶׁיֵּשׁוּעַ שִׁלַּח אוֹתוֹ בְּאָמְרוֹ: “שׁוּב לְבֵיתְךָ וְסַפֵּר אֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְךָ אֱלֹהִים.” הוּא הָלַךְ וְהִשְׁמִיעַ בְּכָל הָעִיר אֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ. פ

They crossed over and came to the land of Gadriyim, which was across from the Galil. He went up to the land and a man coming from the town approached Him, in whom there had been demons for many days. He wore no clothes and did not live in a house but the tombs. He saw Yeshua and fell before Him and called with a loud voice, “What do I have to do with you, Yeshua, Ben-El Elyon? I request that you do not afflict me!” For He commanded the impure spirit to come out from the man because it took hold of him many days. He had been bound with chains and was guarded with shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon to the wilderness regions. Yeshua asked him, saying, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion is my name,” for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to go down into the tehom (הַתְּהוֹם-the abyss). A herd of many pigs was grazing on the mountain, so they begged Him to let them enter them, and He permitted them. The demons went out from that man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed from the slope to the sea and drowned. The herders saw what happened and fled and told the word in the town and in the villages. People went out to see what had happened. They came to Yeshua and found the man there from whom the demons went out, sitting at Yeshua’s feet, wearing clothes and of a sound mind—and they were afraid. Those who saw told them how the man gripped by demons was healed. All of the crowd of the district of the Gadriyim requested that He (the Messiah) go away from them because great fear had fallen on them. He went down into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had come out requested to stay with Him, but Yeshua sent him away and said, “Return to your house and tell of the great things that Adonai (the Almighty One) has done for you.” So he went and proclaimed throughout the town the great things that Yeshua had done for him.

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 17th Miracle of Messiah:

Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location does the miracle occur? What is the spiritual meaning of Gadara in Hebrew? Clue: Gadriyim (plural: גַּדְרִיִּם – singular: גְּדֵרָה) means “walls,” “hedges,” “sheepfolds” (constructs with ‘sheep’). Did the demons know the true identity of Rabbi Yeshua? How did they address the Messiah? What does it mean that the Messiah is Ben Ha-Elohim (בֶּן הָאֱלֹהִים) and Ben El-Elyon (בֶּן־אֵל עֶלְיוֹן)? What do the demons mean when they ask, “Have you come here to afflict us when it is not time?” What affliction are the demons referring to? What time? What was the name of the demons? What does the Latin name “Legion” (לִגְיוֹן) mean? What does the Hebrew term “tehom” (הַתְּהוֹם) mean? Where was it that Legion asked to be sent? Why did the demons drown the pigs? What test of the people did the drowning of the pigs set up? What was the result of the test? Clue: Did the people choose to follow the Messiah and permanently get out of the pig business and get rid of the demons? Or, did the people choose to get rid of the Messiah, stay in the pig business, and keep the demons?

The Omniscient Empathy of the Messiah:

The Messiah was able to heal the physical sicknesses of the people and He was able to exercise power over the demonic forces. Many of the children of Israel were healed and many were delivered from demonic possession. The Messiah took our infirmities and carried our diseases (Isaiah 53:4).

אָכֵן חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם וַאֲנַחְנוּ חֲשַׁבְנֻהוּ נָגוּעַ מֻכֵּה אֱלֹהִים וּמְעֻנֶּֽה׃

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of the Almighty, and afflicted.

In His Spirit, the Messiah Yeshua exercised omniscient empathy. As our substitute, our Korban Pesach, the Messiah bore all of our infirmities and diseases on the accursed tree. Our infirmities became His infirmities. Our diseases became His diseases. This the Messiah did so that we might be cleansed of our sin and delivered from death. At the accursed tree the Suffering Messiah Ben Yosef became our sin, infirmities, and diseases that we might through Him become the righteousness of our Father in Heaven (Avinu Shebashamayim) and in so doing, inherit the gift of eternal life.

Messsiah’s power over demonic forces:

By casting out the demons the Messiah demonstrated His power over Satan, the ruler of the demon world. This is seen in the three-fold narratives (Matthew, Mark & Luke) of the Seventeenth Miracle of the Messiah Yeshua. The Rabbi from heaven arrived in the region of the “Gadarenes.” The name Gadarenes comes from the town of Gadara. Gadara was the capital of the region located about eight miles southeast of the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Another ancient name for the location is the region of the “Gerasenes” (גִּרְגָּשִׁי-Girgashiy); which gives reference to the Canaanite people who originally lived in the region. There at Gadara in the region of the Gerasenes (meaning the people who “dwelt on clay soil”)  the Messiah met “two” demon-possessed men. Two of the three accounts (Mark & Luke) focus on just one of these two men, the one who was the most violent. Due to the influence of the demons both men were wild and violent. For this reason they were driven out of the city by the local populace and so they lived in the outskirts of Gadara in the local graveyard. The demons’ two questions indicated that they knew that Rabbi Yeshua was the Messiah (the Son of El-Elyon) and that His coming would ultimately result in their judgment and placement into the lake of fire (אֲגַם הָאֵשׁ):

What do we have to do with you, Yeshua Ben El-Elyon?”
Have you come here to afflict us when it is not time?

Rather than being forced to become disembodied, the demonic spirits asked Yeshua for permission to enter a nearby herd of pigs. This herd numbered about 2,000 pigs. The Messiah granted the request.

The demons had a plan to test the people of Gadara:

The demons had a plan to test the people of Gadara and the Messiah consented to this test. The demons believed that if the people were allowed to choose between following the Messiah or keeping their lucrative business of selling pig meat to the Gentiles, then they would choose the pig business. Therefore, immediately after the demons entered the pigs they rushed the entire herd down a steep bank into the lake, the Sea of Galilee, and ‘they’ drowned them all.

The people of Gadara asked the Messiah to leave!

The plan of the shrewd demons worked. When the frightened keepers of the pig herd ran into town to tell the local populace what had happened, the people of the town went out to Rabbeinu Yeshua and pleaded with Him “to leave their region.” So He left, and as best we know the  Messiah never returned to the land and people of Gadara.

TO BE CONTINUED SUMMER 2018…

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