Mark 5:2-9 – Legion

Mark 5:2-9
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And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

-The name Legion given by the demons here is one with which Jesus would have been very familiar; a Legion is a Roman military unit that was comprised of about 5,000 soldiers.  This is telling for two reasons:  1) Obviously, it tells us that a great number of demons had possessed this man and 2) It tells us how seriously Satan’s agents take their roles on Earth.  The powers of darkness do not just sit around idly and make casual suggestions; rather, they will fight to gain ground in our lives just like we would expect any army to fight.  As such, we should not expect opposing them to be easy, but rather we must be willing to fight just as hard as they do.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

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