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Commentary » Mark 5:11-Mark 5:20 »

Two Thousand Hogs Drown

A former Archbishop of Cape Town once said, “When missionaries came to South Africa, they had the Bible and we (the Africans) had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land!” (Source … More


It was night time (Mk. 4:35) so you can imagine the eerie scene. At the legion of demons’ request Jesus allowed them to enter into a herd of two thousand hogs coming down the mountain nearby (vv. 11-12). Immediately these swine ran into the lake and drowned (v. 13). The men taking care of the pigs ran to the town and farms nearby to tell the owners what happen (v. 14). When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed with the demons, sitting there with his clothes on and in his right mind, and they were terrified (v. 15). Those who had seen what had happened told about the man and the pigs (v. 16). The hog owners were full of greed and asked Jesus to leave the area (v. 17). If Christ was going to interfere with their business they didn’t want Him around.

When Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been controlled by the unclean spirits kept begging to go with Him (v. 18). However Jesus would not let him and instead told him to go home to his family and tell them what the Lord had done for him (v. 19). This man went to the area near the ten cities known as Decapolis which was located southeast of the Sea of Gailee and everyone who heard what had happened was amazed (v. 2). The world hasn’t changed much today and people are still making the same choices. It is interesting to see how the human mind works. Instinctively people say:

  1. Don’t disturb my comfort. It is human not to want to have our comfort disturbed; it is divine to be willing to be disturbed that others may have more.
  2. Don’t disturb my possessions. Here is another aspect of the same thing. No man really willingly gives up anything he may possess. The older we get the more we want to clutch it.
  3. Don’t disturb my religion. There is a type of religion which says, “What was good enough for my fathers is good enough for me.”


I never want to get into a comfort zone where I will become disturbed because my possessions are removed or my comfort is being interrupted. I want to be content in whatever state I am in (Phil 4:11).

Mark 5:11-20 (English Standard Version)

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, "Send us to the pigs; let us enter them." So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the pigs, and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and were drowned in the sea. The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, "Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

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