41-BSG-5 (Mark 5)

Bible Study Guide.
February 27, 2018
Mark 5
Code: 41-BSG-5

PRAYER: Father, we thank You for the Bible. We invite Your Spirit to teach us now. Guide and Bless us, we pray. We thank You, and we come in Christ’s name, Amen.

Chapter Overview:
Characters: Jesus, disciples, demoniac, hemorrhaging woman, Jairus, his daughter.
Key Word: Powerful Christ, Mk 5:19, 29, 42.
Strong Verses: Mk 5:19, 34, 36 (b).
Striking Facts: Mk 5:7.

Biblical Places:
[1] Garasenes (nation) Mk 5:1, 10-17
[2] Sea of Galilee, Mk 5:1, 13, 21; Mt 4:18; 13:1; 15:29
[3] Decapolis, Mk 5:20, Mt 4:25; Mk 7:31-32
[4] Gadara, Mk 5:14; Mt 8:33-34; Lk 8:27, 34, 39

Biblical Events:
Here is a summary of the Main Points:
[1] Jesus casts out a legion of devils; Mk 5: 1-13.
[2] He suffers them to enter and destroy a herd of swine, Mk 5:1-13.
[3] The Owners (the Garasenes) entreat Him to depart; Mk 5:14-17
[4] The man, who had been possessed, desires to be with Him; but is sent to declare what Jesus had done for him, Mk 5:14-20.
[5] Jairus entreats Christ to heal his daughter, Mk 5:21-24.
[6] Enroute to Jairus’ home, Christ heals a woman of an inveterate issue of blood, Mk 5:25-34.
[7] He raises Jairus’s daughter back to life, Mk 5:35-43.


SECTION I: Q & A.

[1] Where is this story set? Are the people who live here Jewish? (Mk 5:1)
After the calming of the sea, Jesus and His disciples arrived at the southeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, near Gadara, in the region of Decapolis, a territory populated by a mixture of Grecian Jews and pagan Gentiles.

[2] What man met Christ and his disciples when they reached the opposite shore? “A man with an unclean spirit,” who was exceptionally fierce and dangerous. (Mk 5:1–20)

[3] What types of antisocial, self-destructive behavior does the demoniac display? (Mk 2–5)

The description of the demoniac (Matt. 8:28–34; Mark 5:1–20; Luke 8:26–39)
(a) He had been demon-possessed for a long time (Luke 8:27)—He was possessed, not by only one demon, but by a legion of demons. See Mark 16:9; Luke 11:26.
(b) He could be tamed by no man (Mark 5:4)—No man could calm him.
(c) He could not be bound with fetters and chains (Mark 5:4)—He always broke the fetters and the chains and was driven by the Devil into the wilderness, Luke 8:29.
(d) He dwelt among the tombs (Mark 5:3)—He dwelt in no house, Luke 8:27.
(e) He wore no clothes (Luke 8:27)
(f) He constantly was cutting himself with stones (Mark 5:5)—He was constantly destroying himself.
(g) He was exceeding fierce (Matt. 8:28)—No man could pass that way, Matt. 8:28.
(h) He cried out night and day (Mark 5:5)—His cry was a hopeless cry for deliverance.

Note: All of the above eight things characterize an unsaved person, living in sin.

[4] Why might the man run up to Jesus? He came and worshipped Jesus.

[5] What might the statement that he worshipped Jesus mean? (Mk 6–9)

[6] What twofold request presented to Jesus by the demons? (Mk 5:7, 10, 12)
(a) Negative — ”Don’t torment us.” The chief demon recognized Jesus as God’s Son and then requested that Jesus torment him not (before the day appointed for the torment of demons, Rev. 20:10).

(b) Positive — ”Permit us to enter the nearby herd of swine.” Seemingly, demons are in a state of torment when they possess no body through which they can work.

Note the struggle between the man and the demons. In verse 6 the man is in control of his speech. In verses 7, 10 and 12, the demons are in control of his speech.

[7] Is the name “Legion” literal? What does it mean? (Mk 5:6–9)
The Greek word used here, legiōn, comes from the Latin term legio, which designates a division of the Roman army (5,400 infantry and 120 cavalry). This man is possessed by a multitude of spirits (Mark 5:12–13); “Legion” is not the man’s proper name (v. 15).

“Mark presents a suspenseful confrontation between Jesus and the evil spirit(s) that control this ravaged man. The puzzling shifts in number from the singular (Mk 5:7, 9, 10) to the plural (Mk 5:9, 12, 13) suggest that the evil spirits are using him as a mouthpiece and that he is a miniature Pandemonium, the abode of all demons. Apparently, Jesus was telling the evil spirit to come out of the man (Mk 5:8), which meets with evasive tactics. Unlike humans, who cannot quite fathom the reality of the divine breaking into human history (Mk 4:41), evil spirits always recognize Jesus’ divine origin (Mk 1:24; 3:11; see James 2:19) and quake in his presence. They know that they are pitted against vastly superior firepower.” (The NIV Application Commentary: Mark; Mark 5:6–13)


 

SECTION II: APPLICATION.

What must I do with this chapter? In order to answer this question, we are going to examine the following application questions, one item at a time.
(a) Striking Facts/ Truth to believe
(b) God’s Character
(c) Sin to avoid/ confess
(d) Attitude to cultivate
(e) Command(s) to obey
(f) Instructions for daily life
(g) Example to follow
(h) Promise to claim
(i) The Gospel’s Voice.

STRIKING FACTS/ TRUTH TO BELIEVE.

[1] Even devils believe in the deity of Christ and tremble before Him. Demons know that by His Word they will ultimately be sent to chains of eternal darkness.

[2] All spiritual powers are subject to Jesus Christ who has supreme authority (Eph 1:19-22; Ro 8:38; Eph 3:10; Col 1:16; 2:10,15)

[3] Demon-possession do arise from sin (1 Sam 18:9-10)

[4] The consequences of demon-possession
(a) Irrational behavior (1Sa 18:10-11; 1Sa 19:9-10)
(b) Unnatural physical strength (Mk 5:4; Mt 8:28; Lk 8:29; Ac 19:16)
(c) Self-harm (Mk 5:5)
(d) Violent behavior (Mk 9:18; Lk 9:39)
(e) The impairment of faculties (Mt 12:22; Lk 11:14; Mt 9:32; Mk 9:17; Lk 13:11)
(f) Suffering (Mt 15:22; Mk 7:25-26; 1 Sa 16:14-16; Mt 17:15; Mk 9:18; Lk 9:39; Lk 6:18)

[5] The work of sin upon the Human Race (Mark 5:1–15)

That which prompted and necessitated the miracle was the bad deportment of the demoniac. His deportment is a good illustration of the work of sin upon the human race.
(a) The disturbance of sin. “When he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit” (Mark 5:2).

(b) The defilement of sin. “Unclean spirit” (Mark 5:2). The demoniac was called an “unclean spirit” because he was defiled by the demons. Satan majors in the unclean. Sin never makes anyone cleaner. The Divine observation of sinners is, “They are all together become filthy” (Psalm 14:3).

(c) The dwelling of sin. “Who had his dwelling among the tombs” (Mark 5:3). The “tombs” were large holes cut out of limestone. One could walk into many of them. But living in tombs meant you were in the place of the dead and the unclean (Numbers 19:11–16). Sin causes people to abide in places of the dead and the unclean (bars, dance halls, gambling casinos all represent spiritually dead and unclean places).

(d) The dynamic of sin. “No man could bind him, no, not with chains” (Mark 5:3). This shows the superhuman strength of a demon-possessed person. Sin is powerful. Addiction can be very powerful. Sin has the dynamic to wreck and destroy much. Wicked nations destroy innocent nations in war.

(e) The discontent of sin. “Always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself” (Mark 5:5). Sin never satisfies. “Always, night and day” the sinner is looking for new thrills, new adventures, new activities—all of which bring more discontent. But the Lord “satisfieth the longing soul” (Psalm 107:9).

(f) The disfiguring of sin. “Cutting himself with stones” (Mark 5:5). Sin disfigures and mutilates the body. As an example, the worshipers of Baal cut themselves (I Kings 18:28). Tattoos, the piercing of lips, tongues, and other weird piercings today is simply the “cutting” and disfiguring of the body by sin.

(g) The discomfort of sin. “Cutting himself with stones” (Mark 5:5). The cutting also shows the discomfort that sin brings to the body. Sin does not make us comfortable—the smoker has the incessant cough, drink destroys the liver, and loose morals bring deadly, debilitating venereal disease.

(h) The deceitfulness of sin. “He ran and worshiped him” (Mark 5:6). The demon-possessed man appeared to worship Christ. This was not true worship—it was deceitful worship. Demons do not truly worship Christ. Sin is deceitful. It shows up at church and tries to look pious to deceive people. But sin is sin whether it shows up at church or in a gambling casino.

(i) The decibels of sin. “Crying … he cried with a loud voice” (Mark 5:5, 7). The word translated “crying” and “cried” means to “croak” as a raven or to “scream … shriek” (Strong). The sounds of the demoniac remind us of the sounds of rock music. The decibels are as great as the depravity of rock music.

(j) The disdain of sin. “What have I to do with thee, Jesus” (Mark 5:7). This disdain for Christ proves the deceitfulness of their worship. This is the attitude of many in our society about God. They do not want God or Christ, so they use laws, courts, intimidation, and persecution to keep Him out of society.

(k) The dissembling of sin. “Adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not” (Mark 5:7). What a hypocritical demand. The demons were tormenting those they indwelt but they plead for mercy to not be tormented. Abortionists are this way. They want the law to protect them, but they do not want any laws to protect the innocent unborn child. Homosexuals are the same way. They want to be tolerated, but they will not tolerate others who might oppose them. They want the protection of the law so they can prey their filthy lifestyle on the unprotected society.

(l) The dread of sin. “Torment me not … he [the demons] besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country” (Mark 5:7, 10). The demons dreaded judgment. Sin dreads judgment. Sin brings guilt and guilt brings dread. Salvation does just the opposite. It removes fear.

(m) The delegation of sin. “What is thy name? … My name is Legion; for we are many” (Mark 5:9). A legion in the Roman army consisted of 3,000 to 6,000 men. The number of demons involved here shows the plentifulness of sin in the world. Sin is a large delegation.

(n) The dress of sin. “Clothed” (Mark 5:15). In the Luke account of this miracle, we read that the demoniacs “ware no clothes” (Luke 8:27) which explains our Mark text which speaks of the man being “clothed” after the demons were cast out of him. Sin does not dress properly. Skimpy dress practices today reveal this problem. Where sin abounds, clothes do not.

(o) The dementia of sin. “In his right mind” (Mark 5:15). After the demons were exorcised, the man was in his “right mind” which says he was not in his “right mind” before the demons were exorcised. Many mental problems are a result of sin. True, some are a result of biological problems, but many in our mental institutions are there because of sin. Guilt in itself can drive a person insane. (John G. Butler, Analytical Bible Expositor: Mark; Mark 5)

GOD’S CHARACTER

Remember that Jesus Christ is God.

[1] Here we see the power of Jesus Christ: His authority, and His control over Satan & his kingdom.

[2] We also see: names, titles, descriptions, status of God in the NT (Theos) → God Most High or “the Most High God” (Theos tou hypsistou), Mark 5:7

Review the following attributes of God. Each one of these, can be found and applied in this chapter.
(a) God is spirit. John 4:24; 2 Cor 3:17.
(b) God is Light. Is 60:19; James 1:17; 1 John 1:5.
(c) God is Love. 1 John 4:8, 16.
(d) Omnipotent. Gen 17:1; Ex 6:3.
(e) Omniscient. Ps 139:1–6; Prov 5:21.
(f) Omnipresent. Ps 139:7; Jer 23:23.
(g) Only-wise. Rom 16:27; 1 Tim 1:17.
(h) Glorious. Ex 15:11; Ps 145:5.
(i) Most High. Ps 83:18; Acts 7:48.
(j) Holy. Ps 99:9; Is 5:16.
(k) Just. Deut 32:4; Is 45:21.
(l) Good. Ps 25:8; 119:68.
(m) Great. 2 Chr 2:5; Ps 86:10.
(n) Gracious. Ex 34:6; Ps 116:5.
(o) Faithful. 1 Cor 10:13; 1 Pet 4:19.
(p) Merciful. Ex 34:6, 7; Ps 86:5.
(q) Compassionate. 2 Kin 13:23.
(r) None good but he. Matt 19:17.
(s) Should be worshipped in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.

SIN TO AVOID/ CONFESS

[1] Beware of tampering with evil. The “little sin” may open the door of the heart for the entrance of a whole legion of demons.

ATTITUDE TO CULTIVATE

[1] Remember: We are still subject to the moral temptations of the evil one, thus, we are to look steadfastly to Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith,” who alone has power to deliver us in and from every conflict with the powers of darkness.

COMMAND(S) TO OBEY

[1] “Come out of that man, you wicked spirit!”” (Mark 5:8b, The Voice)

“However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” (Mark 5:19–20, NKJV)

[2] Evangelism: Go home to your friends, your family, your inner circle. (Ge 16:9. Ps 66:16. Is 38:9-20. Da 4:1-3, 37. 6:25-27. Jon 2:1, Jn 4:29. Ac 22:1-21. 26:4-29.)

[3] The Message: “Tell them what great things the Lord has done for you” (Ps 107:2. Lk 12:8, 9. Jn 1:41. Ac 4:19, 20. 2 Ti 1:8. 1 P 3:15)

[4] Began to publish the good news about Jesus. Gr. kērussō, literally, “to herald”; hence, “to proclaim.”
(Ps 51:12, 13. 66:16. Is 38:9, 19. Jn 1:40-42. Decapolis. Mk 7:31. Mt 4:25).

EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW

(See above)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DAILY LIFE

[1] Working for God, serving Him → Witnessing for Christ, (Mark 5:18–20)
“Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”” (Mark 5:19, NKJV)
[2] Church begins at Home.
“In forming a relationship with Christ, the renewed man is but coming back to his appointed relationship with God. He is a representative of Christ.… His duties lie around him, nigh and afar off. His first duty is to his children and his nearest relatives. Nothing can excuse him from neglecting the inner circle for the larger circle outside. In the day of final reckoning fathers and mothers will be required to answer in regard to their children. Parents will be asked what they did and said to secure the salvation of the souls they took upon themselves the responsibility of bringing into the world.…” (Our High Calling, p.304)

PRAISE/ THANKSGIVING

[1] Demons are powerless before Jesus Christ
(a) Demons can only do what He permits, (Mt 8:31-32; Mk 5:12-13; Lk 8:32-33)
(b) Demons obey His command, (Mt 17:18; Mk 9:25-26; Lk 9:42; Mt 9:33-34; Mk 1:34; 16:9; Lk 11:14)
(c) Demons disperse at His word, (Mk 9:25; Mk 1:25; Lk 4:35)

[2] The final punishment of demons is set. (2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6)

Be thankful to be saved from demons, and the physical tyranny of the devil. He would make us all howling demoniacs if he could: but he is restrained by the power of Jesus Christ. Praise God for that!

[3] “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14, NKJV)

PROMISE TO CLAIM

Are you suffering today? Are you tormented by demons? Here is the good news. There is absolute cure! Jesus Christ still delivers from demon-possession. “Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.” (Matthew 4:24, NKJV)

(Read Mt 8:16; Mk 1:32; Lk 4:40; Mt 4:24; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22; Mk 7:25-26)

[1] Forgiveness, Healing (Ps 103:2-5)

[2] “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3, NKJV)

[3] “But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.” (Malachi 4:2, NKJV)

[4] “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”” (Matthew 8:17, NKJV)

[5] “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4–5, NKJV)

[6] Remember: Heaven will be the place of ultimate healing.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18, NKJV)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV)

“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2, NKJV)

An Appeal to return:
“Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 3:22, NKJV)

 

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE.

(Listen to the Lord’s voice/ command to us all, as we close)

“However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”” (Mark 5:19, NKJV)


 

OUR RESPONSES

I Love To Tell The Story.
Author: Arabella K. Hankey (1866)

‎Reflection:
‎Nu 23:3; Ps 40:9–10; 66:16; 71:5; 89:1; 145:5; Pr 11:30; Mt 5:6; Mk 5:18–20; Lk 24:1–5; Ac 8:4–5; 18:9–10; Ro 1:16; 2 Co 5:14; 9:15; Eph 3:19; Col 3:5–17; Re 5:9; 14:3

1. ‎ I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love;
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true,
It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.

o Refrain:
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

2. I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams;
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me,
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

3. I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat,
What seems each time I tell it more wonderfully sweet;
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.

4. I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest;
And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

PRAYER: “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Psalm 41:4, NKJV)

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