It is a Miserable Life

It is a Miserable Life-Body

“and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. And constantly night and day, among the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out and gashing himself with stones.” Mark 5:3-5 Have you ever wondered what the day-by-day life of a demon is like? We often read the story of the demoniac in Mark 5 and relate it to the demons recognizing Jesus, the miraculous deliverance, or the hardhearted people who would rather have illegal pigs than Jesus. However, there is something else to be gleaned from the story. There is insight into the life of a demon. They were many and therefore “strong”, yet they were confined to living in tombs, among the dead. They didn’t have a dwelling place among the living. Also, we learn that day and night they cry and gash themselves. Obviously, they are in constant pain. I think they are somewhat like a fish out of water. They were made for heaven but chose a pit. They hate the pit and yet that is all they are suited for now. Therefore they surface into an environment (earth) that is held together by Jesus. That makes the whole world hostile to them. Earth is not comfortable for a demon. This is why we find them among the rocks, less of creation, less of Jesus to witness to them. Why would they choose to be here? Suffering on earth, with their sworn enemy Jesus, is better than being with their leader in hell.


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