Jesus frees a demon-possessed man
26 Jesus and his disciples sailed to the Gerasenes’ land, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a certain man met him. The man was from the city and was possessed by demons. For a long time, he had lived among the tombs, naked and homeless. 28 When he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down before him. Then he shouted, “ What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me! ” 29 He said this because Jesus had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken possession of him, so he would be bound with leg irons and chains and placed under guard. But he would break his restraints, and the demon would force him into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, “ What is your name? ”
“ Legion, ” he replied, because many demons had entered him. 31 They pleaded with him not to order them to go back into the abyss.t32 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. Jesus gave them permission, 33 and the demons left the man and entered the pigs. The herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
34 When those who tended the pigs saw what happened, they ran away and told the story in the city and in the countryside. 35 People came to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully dressed and completely sane. They were filled with awe. 36 Those people who had actually seen what had happened told them how the demon-possessed man had been delivered. 37 Then everyone gathered from the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave their area because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and returned across the lake. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged to come along with Jesus as one of his disciples. Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “ Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you. ” So he went throughout the city proclaiming what Jesus had done for him.
An Investigative Bible Study MethodUsing Questions to Examine Scripturefrom 3 Views
3-V is a series of seven different advanced Bible study courses designed for the Sr. High level. 3-V is a serious learning tool that forces students to think, by challenging them to investigate.Throughout a variety of texts and topics, 3-V poses a series of three probing questions in order to enhance a student’s comprehension, interpretation, and application of a scripture. These 3-Views are – View 1 – What’s the Text? (Comprehension)What does the scripture specifically say? How do different Bible translation versions word the same passage?View 2 – What’s the Context? (Interpretation) What is the story behind the story? What was the cultural and social background of the people who were addressed? Do we find terms in the scripture that were commonplace to people of the day…but unfamiliar to us? What were the events that took place prior to the passage? Exploring all of the background information that envelops a Bible verse can improve our understanding.
View 3 – What’s Next? (Application) How do we apply our new scriptural understanding to our contemporary daily lives? How will we change in response? _____________________________________3-V does more than just give your students a Bible lesson…it teaches them how to study the Bible…for a lifetime.
This 3V study series focuses on what it was like for people of his day to encounter Jesus…who did the unexpected, and turned things upside down. Session titles include –
* The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11)
* The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38-48)
* Healing of the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
* The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
* The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
* The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42)
* Doubting Thomas (John 20:19-29)
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