Two Thousand Hogs Drown

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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)

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