Matthew 6:25-34...Therefore I say
unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye
shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the
life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of
the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than
they?  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his
stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies
of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of
the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall
he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take
no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of
all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take
therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
When one looks at the life of being a disciple of Jesus, one would
focus on the romantic allure in which the lifestyle would seem to offer.
This will be a total delusion on the part of the prospective disciple.
Being a disciple of Christ, is a lifestyle whereby one needs to count the cost before attempting such a life.
 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
In the days of Jesus, it would be customary for a family to bury
their dead in a traditional grave location. Then, after one year, it
would be incumbent upon the eldest son to take the body out of the tomb
and have the persons bones pulverized to dust. Then the bone dust was
placed into a box known as an ossuary and then replaced back into the
 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Jesus uses very definitive words with a very definite tone of voice.
Jesus tells this young man, to let the world the flesh and the
devil, bury the world the flesh and the devil. To allow the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, bury the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Apparently, this young man wants to attempt to follow Jesus
with one foot in the world and the other foot into Jesus. Jesus is
telling this man that this will not work. He needs to make a final
decision. Will his love, loyalty and allegiance be with the world, or
will his love, loyalty and allegiance be toward Jesus? You can never
successfully follow Jesus until this finalized decision is made.
 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Unlike some of the people who crossed the life of Jesus, His
disciples understood the key to following Jesus. That being, where ever
Jesus went, they followed Him.
You will notice that when Jesus entered into a ship, there is no
record that the disciples questioned where He was going. They
Verse 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
It is not unusual for a hurricane force storm to come in off the
Mediterranean Sea and gravitate to the Sea of Galilee. These tropical
storms can be very violent.
However, this storm nor the veracity of this storm has taken Jesus
by surprise. We see here first, one of the sinless characteristics of
the body of Jesus. He would grow tired and need sleep.
Secondly, Jesus was not alarmed by the danger around Him. When the
hurricanes of our lives seem to attempt to overwhelm us, ant at times
they will try, it is good to know that the same Jesus who was asleep in
the back of the ship, was not taken by surprise nor was He alarmed by
As truly saved, born again believers, this same Jesus now literally
lives inside of us. This same Jesus who was in the back of the ship,
now is literally there with us when the problems and troubles of life
becomes something in which we must face.
 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
IS VERY EASY FOR US TO BE CRITICAL OF SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCING A
DIFFICULT TIME IN WHICH WE OURSELVES ARE NOT GOING THROUGH!
On a very nice, sunny, peacefully placid Sunday Morning, we sit in
our quiet suburban Church pews and we analyze the reaction of the
disciples to this horrific hurricane which has come upon them.
We are critical of them for not having more faith in Jesus. We are
critical of them for not putting their trust into the one who can calm
the storm. Let's take a look at that.
In analyzation, the disciples are in the middle of the Sea of
Galilee in a boat. It is in the middle of the night. The night is so
black that they literally would not be able see their hand in front of
their faces. They are trying to endure a killer hurricane. They are
lost. Confused. And very scared. And they know that if something is
not done quite quickly they are going to drown and die.
They are left with one alternative and one alternative only. They
have nothing or no one else to turn to but this sleeping Jesus. There
is not one miracle in the Four Gospels that is listed that they have not
seen Him perform. Which brings them to this question. Can Jesus do
something about this storm?
So, they go and wake Jesus up. And present to Him their dilemma.
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then
he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto
you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and
nothing shall be impossible unto you.
You can never rely on a close family member or friend to be your
mentor. In that, at times, mentor ship will require a brutal cruelty in
order to get a point across. Jesus needs to get a point across to the
disciples now, that will assist them later in the ministry.
They will need to learn that in the middle of the trials, testings
and tribulations of the ministry, they can run to Jesus when they need
Him. He will always be there for them.
And then they need to learn, then when they feel that their life
and world is falling apart all around them, Jesus is not upset. This
does not bother Him. Because not only is Jesus the Master of the winds,
He .is also the Master of the Seas.
 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Many of the disciples are experience nautical navigators on the Sea
of Galilee. They know the weather patterns of this body of water. And
they understand how vicious and brutal hurricanes can be in these
Jesus stands up in the middle of this storm and tells the storm "how dare you...be quiet!" And instantly the storm is gone.
This is a lesson which the disciples will lean for today, but it
will be of a huge benefit to them in the future. They learned today,
that in the future, in the times of their lives and ministries, they can
turn to Jesus when the storms of controversy, animosity, confrontation
and hatred begins to rear it's ugly head.
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the
Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the
tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
Gergesenes/Gadarenes was a society of people who lived on the eastern
shore of the Sea of Galilee. Both the account in Mark 5:1 and that in
say this was "the country of the Gadarenes," and many manuscripts of
Matthew have "Gadarenes." Gadara was an important city about eight miles
southeast of the sea of Galilee and apparently was the political center
of the entire region. Some manuscripts have "Geresenes" in Mark and
Luke, both Gergesa and Gerasa were distinct cities, like Gadara, but the
most probable reading seems to be "Gadarenes," which best fits the
geographical implications in the three accounts.
Apparently, there were demon forces that found these two men very
vulnerable to their satanic influences. These demon forces exploited
these vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities were exploited to the
degree of body, soul, mind and spirit. These two men had now lost all
control of any faculty of their beings.
Notice how that the devils had relegated them to live with the dead
and to act like the dead. Their lives were quite typical of one who
has been overwhelmed by the devil. A life of death and loneliness.
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee,
Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the
the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought
miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the
mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were
cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Notice that Jesus is no more afraid of these demons than He was the
storm which He had just gone through. It is the opinion of some
theologians that the storm was a ploy on the part of the devil to
attempt to slay Jesus and/or His disciples.
The demons would be asking Jesus exactly what unfinished business
would they be having at this time. They are concerned that Jesus is
here now to precipitate an event that is not supposed to happen for
thousands of years.
In these verses we get some idea of the horrors of hell. Upon the
prospect of going to hell, the thoughts of hell terrorizes even the
demons who are going there.
Matthew 16:25-27...For whosoever
will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for
my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain
the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory
of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man
according to his works.
Mark 8:34-38...And when he had
called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them,
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me.
 For whosoever will save his life shall
lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's,
the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a
man give in exchange for his soul?  Whosoever therefore shall be
ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation;
of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory
of his Father with the holy angels.
 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
SWINE: The Hebrew word for swine is hazir. The Greek word for swine is choiros
Swine was regarded as the most unclean and the most abhorred of all
animals Leviticus 11:7; Isaiah 65:4; 66:3-17 & Luke 15:15-16.
A herd of swine were drowned in the Sea of Galilee Luke 8:32-33..
Swine was spoken of figuratively in Matthew 7:6. Please note here also
Swine are frequently mentioned as a wild animal and is evidently the wild boar The Arab word for swine/wild boar is khanzir.
Sine/wild boar are common among the marshes of the Jordan valley Psalms 80:13.
Apparently the swine were in this location because there were numerous small communities of gentiles in this Jewish region.
 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
As stated in the previous verse, swine was a contemptible animal to the Jews. These devils would have been aware of that.
However, these devils would rather face life in a herd of swine
than to face the prospects of their forthcoming eternal and ultimate
damnation in the abyss of the lake of fire.
Notice also, that the devils beg of Jesus. They beseech, besought
or beg of Jesus. Which tells us that since we are the men and women of
faith in Jesus Christ, is that the only way in which devils can ever
attack us, is if we let them. Now that Jesus Christ lives in us a
saved, born again believers, they would be just as afraid of us now, as
they were in the days of Jesus.
And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into
the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently
down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
Apparently this takes place at a location where there was a steep cliff that led down to the sea.
Notice that when the devils entered into the swine, that
immediately the swine wanted to take their own lives. This is one of
the side effects of demonic influence into one's life.
have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes
he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
Mark 9:17-18...And one of the
multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son,
which hath a dumb spirit;  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth
him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I
spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could
Luke 9:38-39...And, behold, a man
of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my
son: for he is mine only child.  And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and
he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and
bruising him hardly departeth from him.
What we have here in Matthew, Mark and Luke is direct evidence that shows a demonic M.O.
Notice that the swine take their own lives. Notice that the swine
die a very violent death. Notice that the swine take their own lives
through self-inflicted drowning.
The word is suicide. This is never a pleasant subject but, unfortunately, it does happen.
This is not to say that a suicide victim is demon possessed. This
is not to say that suicide victims are unsaved. This is not to say that
suicide victims automatically go to hell. It does say that at some
time in their life, demon activity does take control of their thinking
What this does tell us, is that thought patterns that lead to suicide are from the devil.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and
told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
When the swine herders saw what happened with Jesus and the devils,
they became very afraid and ran away. They ran into the city and,
apparently, told the entire incident to the governmental officials of
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw
him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
What we do see here, is that in their opinion of the town folk, Jesus is bad for business. Especially the swine business.
The people are afraid of this strange man who can perform so many
miracles and has such a huge following. And then to end it all, they
see that even the demons of hell, not only fear Him, but obey Him as
They do not order nor force Jesus to leave. They besought Him.
This is begging on the part of the town people. They beg Jesus to
leave. Which would indicate that after all that the people have seen,
to some degree, they are afraid of Jesus and they feel the need to be
cordial with Him.
I have no doubt that if they would have taken the time to get to
know Him, this outcome would have been significantly different.
rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of
the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down
Acts 16:39...And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.