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Wednesday, January 11 2017

The Gospel Witnesses Who Were Healed Of Devils

"Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him"

Healing of physical and spiritual ailments was a major function of the Messiah's Ministry. What then happened to those who were healed? Many of them became personal eye witnesses of the Messiah's coming. That included those who were healed of unclean spirits ("devils").

Mary of Magdela (Magdela was a fishing village on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee; Capernaum, a village on the north coast of the Sea of Galilee was where the Messiah lived after His Ministry began; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Capernaum On The Lake Shore) was one of many people who were healed of "devils." Mary thereafter became one of the most faithful followers of the Messiah - she was the first human witness of the Messiah's resurrection and the first human to speak with Him after He rose from the dead (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Resurrection).

"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance." (Luke 8:1-3 KJV)

Gadarenes Swine

Another famous incident (see also Healings Of Man And Nature) was that of the multiple-devils healing of a man in "the country of the Gadarenes," the territory east of the Sea of Galilee.

"8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)" (Luke 8:26-29 KJV)

The man apparently had a very strong constitution to have survived the ordeal, not of just one "devil," but "many devils were entered into him" (see also Who Was The Haughty Spirit That Fell? and Is Your Spirit Level?).

"8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name?

And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.

8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep." (Luke 8:30-31 KJV)

So the Messiah granted the request. The "devils" moved from the man into the pigs (see also What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?), which cause the entire herd of pigs to run wild into the sea (again, a demonstration of the strength of the man who was able to survive such an infestation of so many "devils").

"8:32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 8:33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

8:34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 8:36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again." (Luke 8:32-37 KJV)

The healed man then asked to join with the Messiah on His journeys, but Jesus instead commanded him to be more productive - to be a firsthand witness of the Power of the LORD and of the True Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).

"8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee.

And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him." (Luke 8:38-39 KJV)

Fact Finder: While "devils" have an ugly effect upon physical humans, what do they actually look like?
See Face Of An Angel, Heart Of A Devil

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This Day In History, January 11

630: Muhammad led his conquering army of 10,000 to Mecca (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1055: Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. She was the last of the Macedonian dynasty.

1672: Isaac Newton became a member of the Royal Society.

Isaac Newton

1690: Louis Frontenac, the governor of "New France" (much of the eastern half of North America), launched an attack against British settlements in New York, New Hampshire, and Maine.

New France

1693: Sicily's Mt. Etna erupted.

1775: Yemelyan Pugachov, Cossack rebel, was executed by tsarist Russia.

1775: Francis Salvador became the first (known) Jew elected to office in North America.

1787: Titania and Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.

1814: Joachim Murat, king of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.

1815: Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.


1839: Over 700 people were killed by an earthquake in Martinique.

1901: Western nations agreed on a partition of China after threatening to use force ("gunboat diplomacy") to open the Chinese economy to them. Up to that time, China was isolationist, expressing no interest in foreign trade. Ironically, a century later, the same western nations are now threatening to block the trade from China that they themselves demanded by force. (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War?).

China Trade

1922: A 14 year old Canadian boy, Leonard Thompson, became the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated with insulin. The discovery of insulin was made by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, medical researchers in Toronto.

1923: French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr to collect reparations.

1943: The U.S. and Britain relinquished territorial rights in China (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1943: The Soviet Red Army encircled the German invasion forces at Stalingrad (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1964: The U.S. Surgeon General reported that cigarettes are harmful to health.

1972: East Pakistan renamed itself as Bangladesh.

1973: The trial of the Watergate burglars began in Washington. The attempted cover up of their criminal activity eventually caused the resignation of Richard Nixon and the imprisonment of a number of high officials in the Nixon regime, including Attorney General (the highest law-enforcement position in the country) John Mitchell (the self-declared "law and order" defender) who was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison.

1989: 140 nations agreed to ban chemical weapons.

2001: Lucien Bouchard resigned as Premier of Quebec after his repeated failure to separate the Province away from Canada.

2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.


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