Friday, December 2, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Man Living in the Tombs

Good morning! It is a chilly but beautiful day today. My heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving today even though I really wanted to stay in bed this morning, hee hee! A friend of mine texted this morning and showed me the most beautiful picture of sunrise. I wish I could share it but I'm not very technologically adept. God's artwork always puts a smile on my face though.
  Today we are reading Luke's account of the devil possessed man in the country of the Gadarenes, Luke 8:26-39. The poor man did not live at home anymore, but stayed outside of the city in the tombs. He was naked and someone had tried to chain and fetter him, but he had broken the chains. Jesus asked the demon's name, and the devil said Legion. There were many tormenting the man. And they knew who Jesus was. They called him Son of God most high (v28). 
  Jesus commanded the unclean spirits to come out of him, and they asked to be sent into a herd of swine nearby. Jesus assented and the pigs ended up throwing themselves into the water and drowning. The men who took care of the pigs were frightened. They went into town and told everyone what had happened. When the townspeople came to see, they saw Jesus, and the man who had been possessed of devils for so long was near him, clothed and in his right mind.  The people didn't know what to think of all of this, and it scared them. They couldn't get Jesus back on the boat from whence he came fast enough! The man whom Jesus had healed of the unclean spirits wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus told him no. He was to stay, and go into his home and tell everyone what good things had happened.
   We may not all be missionaries to a foreign land, may not be preachers or teachers, but we can teach others where we are. If some do not want to hear the message, continue praying for them but go on to another person. There are many who will hear the message gladly.
  I hope you have a wonderful day.

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