Mercy For A Madman

Mark 5:1-20 HCSB

Reuben Smith - July 2014


Mark 5:1-5 is a graphic depiction of the darkness at its worst in a human.

Our context: Mark was a master at constructing context in his Gospel.  In chapter 4 Jesus deals with the point of parables (speaking in mystery, hyperbole and stories to expound on God’s Kingdom - these truths are for those with “ears to hear” and explained to those closest to Jesus.)  

Three times in 4:35-41 we read of those around Jesus as fearful/terrified.  Jesus calmed the storm and their fear was transferred from the storm to the awe of Christ’s power.


In the beginning of chapter 5 Jesus calms a more significant storm...

I - A Description of Darkness - This story highlights the “bullet-points” of evil and darkness. 

II - Jesus and the Darkness meet face to face

When Jesus comes to us, even in correction, it is for our good

III - One Miracle - Two Messages

Mercy for a Madman

This isn’t a “how to” on exorcisms - Mark isn’t giving us step-by-step instructions on how to cast demons out of people - or how to speak to demons.  The context surrounding this passage deals with Jesus power over seemingly uncontrollable situations from storms (4:35-31) to death (5:35-43), hemorrhaging  (5:34).  

We don’t know the backstory/history of Mark 5’s madman - this is significant (sometimes what we don’t read in scripture is as important as what we do read.)  No matter how this man got there, Jesus was concerned for him.

Like this man - we, or our loved ones, may be out of control, hurting ourselves or others.  Controlled by compulsions which are only after our destruction (the 1st thing the pigs did was kill themselves - this is evidence of evil’s ultimate goal when there is no restriction.)  

Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” Hebrews 4:16

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