Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The command of faith in the mouth of Jesus was astounding. With two words, an entire storm broke, and the violence of death was stilled. The Word of God in your mouth is the most powerful force in the world. Paul said, "The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart" (Romans 10:8).

Jesus is the Word; therefore, when you speak the Word, you are speaking Jesus into your situation. Faith consists of first believing in your heart that God's Word is true and then speaking that Word to your circumstances and watching them change.

When Jesus spoke the command of faith to the legion of demons, they had no choice but to obey (Mark 5:13). The centurion, too, understood this principle and told the Lord that all that was needed was a simple command from His mouth for his servant to be healed (Matthew 8:8-9).

Joshua spoke to the sun, Jesus spoke to the fig tree, and you can speak to your storms. Expect the Word of God in your mouth to move mountains!

Leviticus 9:7-10:20

Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and the people;Lev 16:6 sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.S Ex 30:10; Heb 5:1, 3; 7:27

So Aaron came to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offeringLev 4:1-12; 10:19 for himself.His sons brought the blood to him,ver 12, 18 and he dipped his finger into the blood and put it on the horns of the altar; the rest of the blood he poured out at the base of the altar.S Ex 29:12; Eze 43:2010 On the altar he burned the fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, as the Lord commanded Moses;11 the flesh and the hideS Lev 4:11 he burned up outside the camp.S Lev 4:12

12 Then he slaughtered the burnt offering.Lev 10:19 His sons handed him the blood,S ver 9 and he splashed it against the sides of the altar.13 They handed him the burnt offering piece by piece, including the head, and he burned them on the altar.S Lev 1:814 He washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on top of the burnt offering on the altar.S Lev 1:9

15 Aaron then brought the offering that was for the people.Lev 4:27-31 He took the goat for the people’s sin offering and slaughtered it and offered it for a sin offering as he did with the first one.

16 He brought the burnt offering and offered it in the prescribed way.Lev 1:1-1317 He also brought the grain offering, took a handful of it and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning’s burnt offering.Lev 3:5

18 He slaughtered the ox and the ram as the fellowship offering for the people.Lev 3:1-11 His sons handed him the blood, and he splashed it against the sides of the altar.19 But the fat portions of the ox and the ram—the fat tail, the layer of fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver—20 these they laid on the breasts, and then Aaron burned the fat on the altar.21 Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh before the Lord as a wave offering,S Ex 29:24, 26 as Moses commanded.

22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them.S Ge 48:20; S Ex 39:43; Lk 24:50 And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.

23 Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting.S Ex 40:2 When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LordS Ex 24:16 appeared to all the people.24 FireS Ex 19:18; Jdg 6:21; 13:20 came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.1Ki 18:39

The Death of Nadab and Abihu

10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and AbihuEx 6:23; 24:1; 28:1; Nu 3:2-4; 26:61; 1Ch 6:3 took their censers,Nu 16:46; 1Ki 7:50; 2Ki 25:15; 2Ch 4:22; Jer 52:19; Eze 8:11 put fire in themLev 16:12; Nu 16:7, 18; Isa 6:6 and added incense;S Ex 30:9 and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord,ver 2; Lev 16:1 contrary to his command.Ex 30:9So fire came outPs 106:18 from the presence of the Lord and consumed them,Nu 11:1; 16:35; Ps 2:12; 50:3; Isa 29:6 and they died before the Lord.S Ge 19:24; S 38:7; Nu 16:35; 1Ch 24:2; Job 1:16Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:

“‘Among those who approach meEx 19:22

I will be proved holy;Ex 30:29; Lev 21:6; 22:32; Nu 16:5; 20:13; Isa 5:16; Eze 28:22; 38:16

in the sight of all the people

I will be honored.Ex 14:4; Isa 44:23; 49:3; 55:5; 60:21’”

Aaron remained silent.

Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan,S Ex 6:22 sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel,Ex 6:18 and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp,Ac 5:6, 9, 10 away from the front of the sanctuary.S Ex 25:8So they came and carried them, still in their tunics,S Lev 8:13 outside the camp, as Moses ordered.

Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar,S Ex 6:23 “Do not let your hair become unkemptOr Do not uncover your headsLev 13:45; 21:10; Nu 5:18 and do not tear your clothes,Jer 41:5; S Mk 14:63 or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community.Nu 1:53; 16:22; Jos 7:1; 22:18 But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mournGe 50:3, 10; Nu 20:29; 1Sa 25:1 for those the Lord has destroyed by fire.Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meetingS Ex 25:8 or you will die, because the Lord’s anointing oilS Ex 28:41 is on you.” So they did as Moses said.

Then the Lord said to Aaron,“You and your sons are not to drink wineGe 9:21; Ex 29:40; Lev 23:13; Nu 15:5; Dt 28:39; Isa 5:22; 22:13; 28:1; 29:9; 56:12; Jer 35:6; Hos 4:11; Hab 2:15-16 or other fermented drinkNu 6:3; 28:7; Dt 14:26; 29:6; Jdg 13:4; Pr 20:1; 23:29-35; 31:4-7; Isa 28:7; Eze 44:21; Mic 2:11; Lk 1:15; S Eph 5:18; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7 whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinanceS Ex 12:14 for the generations to come,10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,S Ge 7:2; S Lev 6:27; 14:57; 20:25; Eze 22:2611 and so you can teach2Ch 15:3; 17:7; Ezr 7:25; Ne 8:7; Mal 2:7 the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses.Dt 17:10, 11; 24:8; 25:1; 33:10; Pr 4:27; Hag 2:11; Mal 2:7

12 Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offeringS Ex 29:41 left over from the food offerings prepared without yeast and presented to the Lord and eat it beside the altar,Lev 6:14-18 for it is most holy.13 Eat it in the sanctuary area,S Lev 6:16 because it is your share and your sons’ share of the food offerings presented to the Lord; for so I have been commanded.Eze 42:1314 But you and your sons and your daughters may eat the breastNu 5:9 that was waved and the thigh that was presented. Eat them in a ceremonially clean place;S Ex 29:31; S Lev 4:12 they have been given to you and your children as your share of the Israelites’ fellowship offerings.15 The thighS Lev 7:34 that was presented and the breast that was waved must be brought with the fat portions of the food offerings, to be waved before the Lord as a wave offering.S Ex 29:28 This will be the perpetual share for you and your children, as the Lord has commanded.”

16 When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offeringOr purification offering; also in verses 17 and 19S Lev 9:3 and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and asked,17 “Why didn’t you eat the sin offeringLev 6:24-30; Eze 42:13 in the sanctuary area? It is most holy; it was given to you to take away the guiltS Ex 28:38 of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord.18 Since its blood was not taken into the Holy Place,S Lev 4:18; 6:26 you should have eaten the goat in the sanctuary area, as I commanded.S Lev 6:17

19 Aaron replied to Moses, “Today they sacrificed their sin offering and their burnt offeringLev 9:12 before the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering today?”20 When Moses heard this, he was satisfied.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to purify yourself and the people. Then present the offerings of the people to purify them, making them right with the Lord,Or to make atonement for them. just as he has commanded.”

So Aaron went to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself.His sons brought him the blood, and he dipped his finger in it and put it on the horns of the altar. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.10 Then he burned on the altar the fat, the kidneys, and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.11 The meat and the hide, however, he burned outside the camp.

12 Next Aaron slaughtered the animal for the burnt offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar.13 Then they handed him each piece of the burnt offering, including the head, and he burned them on the altar.14 Then he washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on the altar along with the rest of the burnt offering.

15 Next Aaron presented the offerings of the people. He slaughtered the people’s goat and presented it as an offering for their sin, just as he had first done with the offering for his own sin.16 Then he presented the burnt offering and sacrificed it in the prescribed way.17 He also presented the grain offering, burning a handful of the flour mixture on the altar, in addition to the regular burnt offering for the morning.

18 Then Aaron slaughtered the bull and the ram for the people’s peace offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar.19 Then he took the fat of the bull and the ram—the fat of the broad tail and from around the internal organs—along with the kidneys and the long lobes of the livers.20 He placed these fat portions on top of the breasts of these animals and burned them on the altar.21 Aaron then lifted up the breasts and right thighs as a special offering to the Lord, just as Moses had commanded.

22 After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down from the altar.23 Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community.24 Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.

The Sin of Nadab and Abihu

10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the Lord by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded.So fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the Lord.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said,

‘I will display my holiness

through those who come near me.

I will display my glory

before all the people.’”

And Aaron was silent.

Then Moses called for Mishael and Elzaphan, Aaron’s cousins, the sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel. He said to them, “Come forward and carry away the bodies of your relatives from in front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp.”So they came forward and picked them up by their garments and carried them out of the camp, just as Moses had commanded.

Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not show grief by leaving your hair uncombedOr by uncovering your heads. or by tearing your clothes. If you do, you will die, and the Lord’s anger will strike the whole community of Israel. However, the rest of the Israelites, your relatives, may mourn because of the Lord’s fiery destruction of Nadab and Abihu.But you must not leave the entrance of the TabernacleHebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 10:9. or you will die, for you have been anointed with the Lord’s anointing oil.” So they did as Moses commanded.

Instructions for Priestly Conduct

Then the Lord said to Aaron,“You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.10 You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean.11 And you must teach the Israelites all the decrees that the Lord has given them through Moses.”

12 Then Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take what is left of the grain offering after a portion has been presented as a special gift to the Lord, and eat it beside the altar. Make sure it contains no yeast, for it is most holy.13 You must eat it in a sacred place, for it has been given to you and your descendants as your portion of the special gifts presented to the Lord. These are the commands I have been given.14 But the breast and thigh that were lifted up as a special offering may be eaten in any place that is ceremonially clean. These parts have been given to you and your descendants as your portion of the peace offerings presented by the people of Israel.15 You must lift up the thigh and breast as a special offering to the Lord, along with the fat of the special gifts. These parts will belong to you and your descendants as your permanent right, just as the Lord has commanded.”

16 Moses then asked them what had happened to the goat of the sin offering. When he discovered it had been burned up, he became very angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons.17 “Why didn’t you eat the sin offering in the sacred area?” he demanded. “It is a holy offering! The Lord has given it to you to remove the guilt of the community and to purify the people, making them right with the Lord.Or to make atonement for the people before the Lord.18 Since the animal’s blood was not brought into the Holy Place, you should have eaten the meat in the sacred area as I ordered you.”

19 Then Aaron answered Moses, “Today my sons presented both their sin offering and their burnt offering to the Lord. And yet this tragedy has happened to me. If I had eaten the people’s sin offering on such a tragic day as this, would the Lord have been pleased?”20 And when Moses heard this, he was satisfied.

And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the Lord commanded.

Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.

And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar:

10 But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the Lord commanded Moses.

11 And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp.

12 And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.

13 And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar.

14 And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.

15 And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.

16 And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner.

17 And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.

18 He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,

19 And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver:

20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar:

21 And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord; as Moses commanded.

22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.

23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people.

24 And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

10 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.

And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.

So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.

And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord hath kindled.

And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.

And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying,

Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy:

13 And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the sacrifices of the Lord made by fire: for so I am commanded.

14 And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.

15 The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the Lord; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, by a statute for ever; as the Lord hath commanded.

16 And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,

17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord?

18 Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.

19 And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the Lord?

20 And when Moses heard that, he was content.

Mark 4:26-5:20

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like.S Mt 13:24 A man scatters seed on the ground.27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”Rev 14:15

The Parable of the Mustard Seed4:30-32pp — Mt 13:31, 32; Lk 13:18, 19

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like,S Mt 13:24 or what parable shall we use to describe it?31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.Jn 16:1234 He did not say anything to them without using a parable.S Jn 16:25 But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

Jesus Calms the Storm4:35-41pp — Mt 8:18, 23-27; Lk 8:22-25

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.ver 1; Mk 3:9; 5:2, 21; 6:32, 45 There were also other boats with him.37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”Mt 14:31; Mk 16:14

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man5:1-17pp — Mt 8:28-34; Lk 8:26-375:18-20pp — Lk 8:38, 39

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.Some manuscripts Gadarenes; other manuscripts GergesenesWhen Jesus got out of the boat,Mk 4:1 a man with an impure spiritMk 1:23 came from the tombs to meet him.This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me,S Mt 8:29 Jesus, Son of the Most High God?S Mt 4:3; Lk 1:32; 6:35; Ac 16:17; Heb 7:1 In God’s name don’t torture me!”For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,”ver 15 he replied, “for we are many.”10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legionver 9 of demons,ver 16, 18; S Mt 4:24 sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well.17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell themS Mt 8:4 how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”20 So the man went away and began to tell in the DecapolisThat is, the Ten CitiesMt 4:25; Mk 7:31 how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Parable of the Growing Seed

26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it?31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

33 Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand.34 In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Man

So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes.Other manuscripts read Gadarenes; still others read Gergesenes. See Matt 8:28; Luke 8:26.When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evilGreek unclean; also in 5:8, 13. spirit came out from the tombs to meet him.This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain.Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him.Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.

When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him.With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!”For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”

Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”

And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.”10 Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place.

11 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby.12 “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.”

13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.

14 The herdsmen fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened.15 A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.16 Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs.17 And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him.19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”20 So the man started off to visit the Ten TownsGreek Decapolis. of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Psalm 37:30-40

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,Ps 49:3; Pr 10:13

and their tongues speak what is just.

31 The law of their God is in their hearts;S Dt 6:6; S Job 22:22

their feet do not slip.S Dt 32:35

32 The wicked lie in waitS Ps 10:8 for the righteous,Ps 11:5

intent on putting them to death;

33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked

or let them be condemnedJob 32:3; Ps 34:22; 79:11 when brought to trial.2Pe 2:9

34 Hope in the LordPs 27:14

and keep his way.S Ps 18:21

He will exalt you to inherit the land;

when the wicked are destroyed,ver 9 you will seePs 52:6 it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man

flourishingS Job 5:3 like a luxuriant native tree,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more;

though I looked for him, he could not be found.ver 10; Pr 12:7; Isa 41:12; Da 11:19

37 Consider the blameless,ver 18; S Ge 6:9; Ps 18:25 observe the upright;Ps 11:7

a future awaits those who seek peace.Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterityIsa 57:1-2

38 But all sinnersS Ps 1:1 will be destroyed;S ver 2; Ps 73:19

there will be no futureOr posterity for the wicked.ver 9

39 The salvationS Ps 3:8 of the righteous comes from the Lord;

he is their stronghold in time of trouble.S Ps 9:9

40 The Lord helpsS 1Ch 5:20; S Ps 20:2 them and deliversS Ps 34:7 them;

he delivers them from the wicked and savesS Ps 18:48 them,

because they take refugePs 2:12 in him.

30 The godly offer good counsel;

they teach right from wrong.

31 They have made God’s law their own,

so they will never slip from his path.

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,

looking for an excuse to kill them.

33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed

or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord.

Travel steadily along his path.

He will honor you by giving you the land.

You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people

flourishing like a tree in its native soil.

36 But when I looked again, they were gone!

Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,

for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.

38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;

they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;

he is their fortress in times of trouble.

40 The Lord helps them,

rescuing them from the wicked.

He saves them,

and they find shelter in him.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Proverbs 10:6-7

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,

but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.Or righteous, / but the mouth of the wicked conceals violencever 8, 11, 14; Pr 12:13; 13:3; Ecc 10:12

The name of the righteousS Ps 112:6 is used in blessings,See Gen. 48:20.

but the name of the wickedS Job 18:17; S Ps 109:13 will rot.S Job 18:17; Ps 9:6

The godly are showered with blessings;

the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

We have happy memories of the godly,

but the name of a wicked person rots away.

Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

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