The Man with the Evil Spirits
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“The Man with the Evil Spirits,” Friend, Sept. 2001, 10

The Man with the Evil Spirits

Chapter 25

Wild man

A man who lived in the mountains by the Sea of Galilee had an evil spirit in him that made him act wild. People tried to stop him by tying him with ropes and chains, but he broke them. Mark 5:1–4

Lived in a cave

The man spent all night and all day in the mountains and caves. He cried all the time and cut himself with stones. Mark 5:5

The man ran to Jesus

One day Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee in a boat. When the Savior left the boat, the man ran to Him. Mark 5:1–2, 6

Jesus told the evil spirit to leave

Jesus told the evil spirit to come out of the man. The evil spirit knew Jesus. He called Him the Son of God. He asked Jesus to not hurt him. Mark 5:7–8

Many evil spirits in the man

When the Savior asked the evil spirit what his name was, he said, “My name is Legion [many].” There were many evil spirits in the man. They asked Jesus to not send them away but to send them into the bodies of some nearby pigs. Mark 5:9–12

The evil spirits entered some pigs

Jesus agreed. The evil spirits left the man and went into the bodies of about two thousand pigs. After the evil spirits entered them, the pigs ran down the hill into the sea and drowned. Mark 5:13

The people came to see Jesus

The men who cared for the pigs ran to the city and told many people what had happened. The people came and saw Jesus. They saw the wild man, too, but he was not wild anymore. Mark 5:14–15

They wanted Jesus to leave

The people who came from the city could not understand. When other people told them what had happened, all of them were afraid of Jesus and asked Him to go away. He went back into the boat. Mark 5:15–18

The man was healed

The man who was healed wanted to go with Him. The Savior told him not to come but to tell his friends what He had done for him. Mark 5:18–19

and told his friends

The man did tell his friends, and all marveled at Jesus’ great power. Mark 5:20

Illustrated by Paul Mann