Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
A Demon-Possessed Man Healed
Mark 5:1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the (Gerasenes) Gadarenes.
- Gerasenes, which comes from the Hebrew word ger, “alien, stranger, foreigner.” Gesenius Lexicon says that the word Gerasene means “a stranger drawing near.
Mark 5:2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Mark 5:3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind (him anymore) him, not even with chains,
Mark 5:4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
Mark 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Mark 5:6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
Mark 5:7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore (adjure) You by God that You do not torment me.”
Mark 5:8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
Mark 5:9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?”
And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
Mark 5:10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
Mark 5:11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.
Mark 5:12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”
Mark 5:13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
- Did Jesus have compassion on these demons? Or, was He using this opportunity to teach a lesson.
- There is certainly a lesson in the use of “wisdom” defined as knowing the value of one thing over another and choosing that which is of the most value.
Mark 5:14 So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
Mark 5:15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
Mark 5:16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine.
Mark 5:17 Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.
- “They treated Jesus like an alien or foreigner. They were afraid of Him and wanted Him to leave their district. Prophetically speaking, Jesus came to cleanse them, but they preferred their unclean “swine” nature. They had opportunity to hear the Word and to reap the reward of faith, but they chose to reject the Word which alone could cleanse their hearts. (In John 15:3 Jesus says, You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.)” ~Dr. Stephen E. Jones
- The Gadarenes chose their pocket book over the soul of one man. This tells us that Jesus values one human soul more than 2,000 swine.
Mark 5:18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.
Mark 5:19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
Mark 5:20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis (Lit. Ten Cities) all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
Mark 5:21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
Mark 5:22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
- Jairus is a rare Jewish leaders who believed in the identity of Jesus, unlike the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, and Herodians who plotted to kill Jesus.
Mark 5:23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
Mark 5:24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
Mark 5:25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
Mark 5:26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
Mark 5:27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
Mark 5:28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Mark 5:29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the (suffering) affliction.
Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
Mark 5:31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
Mark 5:32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
Mark 5:33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
Mark 5:34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Mark 5:35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Mark 5:37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
Mark 5:38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw (an uproar) a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
Mark 5:39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
- Jesus knows that although her body may be dead, her soul was alive and Jesus raises her from the dead.
- This is a different kind of resurrection than Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus was risen from the dead never to die again
Mark 5:40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
Mark 5:41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
Mark 5:42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
Mark 5:43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
- Note: The number 12 is mentioned twice. The first time was the number of years the woman had a flow of blood. The second time is the age of Jarius’ daughter.