For We Are Many
Today’s scripture selection: Mark 5-6
Key verse: Mark 5:9
I find that one of the most haunting stories in the New Testament, no pun intended, is that of the man who was possessed by so many demons he called himself “Legion.”
The legion was the largest unit in the Roman army – consisting of 3,000 to 6,000 soldiers. To imagine spiritual entities numbering in the thousands – well, it’s a truly overwhelming thought.
But it also bears testimony to the power of this young man named Jesus.
When confronted by His presence the demons have only one thing to say:
“Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”
And within minutes – 2,000 pigs rushed to their death in a nearby lake.
There was no question of the demonic forces standing their ground. There was no attempt to torment the young healer as they had so successfully tormented their other victim. They just ran.
There is a lot of debate about the nature of evil and how it is manifested in this world of ours. I don’t pretend to understand all of it. But I have lived long enough to develop a healthy belief in it.
I’ve also seen that evil, however it manifests, is no match for God. It may appear to have the upper hand for a while. But in the end – it’s already defeated – and it “knows” it.
So don’t fear the multitude of dark forces that would threaten to undo you. They may be many in number – but they are ultimately very weak indeed. Just ask the man whom they used to call “Legion.”
Prayer: Almighty God, I stand secure knowing your powerful arm protects me. Thank you, Lord, for that incomparable strength at my side. AMEN.