Last night I taught a class on Jesus and demons from Mark chapter 5. How exciting it was to see our Chapel here at Gaylord E-Free packed full of people on a Sunday evening wanting to learn more about the Bible. This is so very crucial because freedom from spiritual bondage is not a POWER struggle, it is a TRUTH struggle. So if you would like to dig deeper into this passage yourself, below is a list of questions we asked and answered last night in our Parallel Points Class:
In verse 1, where do Jesus and His disciple arrive? Why is it called "The other side"? Where did they come from? What happened to them along the way?
In verse 2, who does Jesus immediately encounter? Where did this man live?
What else does Luke 8:27 tell us about this man? What could this possibly signify?
What else does Matthew 8:28-29 tell us about this man? What was the attitude of the people toward this man?
In verses 3-4. how is this man's strength described? What do we learn from the failed lessons to bind him? How does this fit into Ephesians 6:12?
What is the common denominator in the following verses - John 8:32; 14:6; 16:13; 17:15, 17; Ephesians 6:14; Philippians 4:8? How does this apply to spiritual warfare?
According to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, where does much of our spiritual battle take place? What kind of thoughts do you think that Satan put into our mind?
What does Jesus example in Matthew 4:1-10 show us about how to resist Satan and his demons? How does Psalm 119:11 also fit into this?
According to Philippians 4:6-7, what is another need we have to resists Satan and his demons when it comes to our thinking?
Back to Mark 5, in verse 5, what actions showed the suffering of this man? How do we see sleep deprivation and suicidal tendencies in this verse? How does this fit into 1 Peter 5:8?
In verses 6-7, what did the demon recognize about Jesus? How was the term "Most High" used in the Old Testament? How was this same term used in the angel's message to Mary in Luke 1:32, 25?
Also in verses 6-7, how is this demon's recognition of Jesus seen? According to Mark 1:21-24, is this a common response? What do demons fully recognize? What do we learn about the theology of demons?
Still in verses 6-7, what does the demon say to Jesus? What else does the demon say according to Matthew 8:29? What "time" is the demon talking about? How will this happen (Revelation 20:10)?
According to 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6, are all demons active today? Where are the demons that are not active? According to Luke 8:31, what were the demons afraid that Jesus was going to do?
In Mark 5:9, what does Jesus ask the demon? What was the answer the demon gave? What does this say about the number of demons that were in this one man? What does this along with Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 8:1-2 tells us about demons?
In Mark 5:10-13, what does the demon ask of Jesus? How does this show that demons are often territorial? According to verse 13, how many swine were there? According to Matthew 12:43-45, though demons can live outside of people and animals, what do we learn about what demons prefer? What does the fact that they had to get permission from Jesus first say about the authority of Jesus over demons? How doe we see the authority of Jesus over demons in Matthew 28:18 and Ephesians 1:18-23? How does this affect believers (Ephesians 2:5-6 and James 4:7-8)?
In verses 14-17, what result did this have on the town's people? Why were they frightened? What did they beg Jesus to do? How is this an amazing thing to consider?
In verses 18-20, what result did this have on the formerly possessed man? What does he desire to do? What does Jesus tell him to do? What does he immediately become? What does this tell you about the qualifications of someone to be a witness for Jesus?