Re:Verse reading–Mark 5:1-20 (day one)
“Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region”–v 17.
It surprises me every time I read it. Shocks and saddens me. They want Jesus to leave!
They’ve just seen a miracle (or heard about it). Rather than be attracted to the purity and power of His life, they are offended and threatened.
Was it the pigs? It’s possible. Animals in the ancient world were currency, wealth, livelihood. To suggest that God would sacrifice a fortune just to save a man was an unacceptable notion! Like the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10, God is fine until He begins to mess with your finances!
“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ “–Hebrews 13:5.
Hmmm. . . do I want the Lord, do I rejoice in Him alone? Or am I a pig person?