The Good News – Entanglements of Death and the Demonic

   And when Yahushua saw large crowds about Him, He gave a command to go off to the other side. And it came to be, as they journeyed on the way, that someone said to Him, “Master, I shall follow You wherever You go.”
   And Yahushua said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky nests, but the Son of Adam has nowhere to lay His head.”
   And He said to another, “Follow Me,” but he said, “Master, let me first go and bury my father.”
   And Yahushua said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and announce the reign of Elohim.”
   And another also said, “Master, I shall follow You, but let me first say good-bye to those in my house.”
   But Yahushua said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of Elohim.”
   And on a certain day it came to be, on the same day, when evening had come, that He entered into a boat with His taught ones, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” And they set out.
   And having left the crowd, they took Him along in the boat, as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
   And see, a great gale arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered by the waves. But He was in the stern sleeping, on a cushion.
   And His taught ones came to Him and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master save us! Is it no concern to You that we are perishing?!”
   And He said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little belief?”
   Then, having risen, He rebuked the winds and said to the sea, “Shalom, be still!”
   And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
   And He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you not yet belief?”
   And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He even commands the winds and water, and they obey Him?”
   And they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He came out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains but the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was able to tame him.
   And continually, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
   And seeing Yahushua from a distance, he ran and bowed down to Him, and having called out with a loud voice, said, “What have I to do with You, Yahushua, Son of the Most High El? Swear to Elohim not to torture me.”
   For He had said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
   For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times, and he was bound with chains and shackles, being guarded. And breaking the bonds, he was driven by the demon into the lonely places.
   And He was asking him, “What is your name?”
   And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion, because we are many.”
   And they were begging Him that He would not command them to go out into the bottomless pit. And a herd of many pigs was feeding there on the mountain.
   And the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
   And He said to them, “Go.”
   And they, coming out, went into the herd of pigs. And see, the entire herd of pigs rushed down the steep place into the sea, and died in the water.
   And when those feeding them saw what had taken place, they fled and reported it in the city and in the country.
   So they came out to see what had taken place, and came to Yahushua, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at the feet of Yahushua, dressed, and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And those who had seen it reported to them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed. And all the crowd of the neighborhood of the Gadarenes asked Him to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. And He entered into the boat and returned.
   And the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him to be with Him.
   And Yahushua did not allow him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and report to them what the Master has done for you, and how He had compassion on you.”
   And he left and began proclaiming through all the city Dekapolis what Yahushua did for him.

Exposition

  This portion of the Good News Series, found in Locos (Luke) 9:57-62 and Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:18-8:34, delves strongly into the depths of death – fear of it, binds by which it holds the flesh, and how spiritual death opens the individual to demonic possession.
 We start, following the expositions of many parables to the Taught Ones and the elect, with the Messiah gaining followers on His journey to Yerushalayim, where he will ultimately die for His people. We quickly begin to see the effects of the fleshly world on a persons ability to truly follow the Messiah in spirit and truth:
 that someone said to Him, “Master, I shall follow You wherever You go.”
   And Yahushua said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky nests, but the Son of Adam has nowhere to lay His head.”
– Yahushua is pointing out to this person that He (Messiah) has no home on this Earth to call home, no place that is His to place His head at night – which after looking into the depths of the individual, He sees as a stumbling block to true following. Reflect on your life for a moment, are personal possessions or an obsession with obtain wealth stopping you from following the Messiah fully? Am I not asking you to go and sell everything you have in order to follow him, as many did in those days, but is your spirit being held down by things that mean nothing to your “eternal life?” It is a very tough thing for all of mankind because of entanglements such as culture, upbringing, religion, social status, race and ethnicity, but we must overcome all of these as a people to join Messiah at the Wedding feast of the Lamb! 
   And He said to another, “Follow Me,” but he said, “Master, let me first go and bury my father.”
   And Yahushua said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and announce the reign of Elohim.”
– I have spoken of this matter before in the study Family – Who is my Mother and my Brother? concerning what family in Messiah really means. Death of a fleshly/blood related family member is hard for everyone to come to grips with because we must face our own mortality and we suffer an emotional loss due to the attachment to a family member. For the Yehudim/Jews of the day it was particularly difficult because they celebrated/mourned death more so than new life due to the totality of that person’s value to their clan/tribe/society. We must learn not to be held bound by such things, the body will die but it is the spirit that is eternal. The dead mourn not for the living – rejoice in what was their life, move on, and keep living. Messiah brings us the potential for everlasting life, physical death is but a small part of the Master’s plan. You cannot worship Messiah, or Yahweh for that matter, and worship death too – it is mixed worship and is not acceptable before our Loving Father (He knows better, we should too).
   And another also said, “Master, I shall follow You, but let me first say good-bye to those in my house.”
   But Yahushua said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of Elohim.”
– Likewise, you cannot place your own living family above following Messiah (see previously mentioned study for more details). Elevating your loved ones above Messiah not only breaks the Headship order of Authority (Headship – The Order of Authority), but also places them into Idol status. We all know how our Heavenly Father feels about idolatry! We cannot allow sentiment to distract us from the end goal – eternal life with Our Creator and Our King. I am not saying do not love your family (we were placed among them for a very real reason and need companionship along the paths of righteousness), what I am saying is do not elevate them to idol status and do not let them become a stumbling block in your personal walk with Messiah:
Pilipiyim (Philippians) 2:12: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
 The next portion of this scripture speaks about the fear of losing ones life amongst tumultuous seas. I have spoke about this topic somewhat in the study Faith and a Boat and yet I would like to look at it in a context of today: picture yourself as one of the talmidim on the boat and the seas as the sea of humanity and all of its complexity. Our individual lives are very much a representation of the same picture when looked at through this focus – we are constantly tossed back and forth by complexities of life and it’s share of problems, sometimes so much so that we may fear that we are drowning in it to the point of death. If we stop for a moment, and grab hold of our faith with both hands we can survive it. If we simply raise our hands to the Father and ask Him to rescue us, He will!
 Finally we see one of many stories of Messiah cleansing of Evil Spirits or demonic possession:
 – We see the otherworldly power of the Messiah when the demon, called Legion due to the many evil spirits acting at the same time, calls Messiah by His name. They too know not of the hour of the end times, but they know that Yahushua is the Judge, the Hand of the Almighty, and that His presence spells the end for the rule of the Adversary.
 – I also bring attention to the name of the area which this event occurred – Gaderenes or Gergesenes. In Greek, G1086 – Gerasēnos means a “a stranger drawing near”  and is originally derived from the Hebrew word H1622 Girgashiy meaning “to dwell on clayey soil.” How fitting that these two word origins give us a picture of what occurred for this particular instance – the stranger drawing near, dwelling on clayey soil was a demon (Stranger drawing near) inhabiting a person (all humans are derived from Adam, who came from clayey soil).
 – Spiritual death, like sin, is a tool in which the adversary can and will use to do His bidding. It is through Faith in Yahushua the Messiah that we are protected from the works of the bad guy! It is like a spiritual wall which he can only penetrate with your permission – through your will. Only through Messiah can one be brought back from the brink, and only in Messiah can we be cleansed.

Conclusion

All in all, my ending message to you is this – cling to Yahushua the Messiah and follow Him with everything that you have. Do not let the physical things of this earth prevent you from everlasting life with the One who created you and the One who loves you above all things. May you be blessed in your spiritual walk, be enlivened by the Ruach Ha Kodesh, and seek the Father’s face in righteousness. Shalom Aleichem!
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