July 13, 2022
You may remember that yesterday I published the above noted post and admitted to the world that I had no clue as to the meaning or intention of verse 37:
37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
Why in the world would they be afraid of Jesus unless the whole ‘swine’ thing challenged their local economy? Knowing that my younger sister was going to Bible study, I gave her the citation and asked her to mention it to her priest and let me know the answer.
Of his charity, her priest, Fr. Christian Tutor, has allowed me to share with you the meaning and intent of verse 37. It is as follows:
“Here is the reasoned answer: One has to look farther back into the Hebrew Testament to Abraham and his sacrifice of Issac. Jesus uprooted their comfort and religious observance by the exorcism of the demoniac. He changed their whole way of life by showing them there was a way out of their darkness and filthy way of life. This is a direct correlation with the story of Abraham’s sacrifice. When Issac appeared alive after he was supposed to be killed, the tribe who knew Abraham were shaken that his God did not demand human sacrifice, as every god they believed in, required. Shaking in their belief they feared Abraham and the God he worshiped. So to(o) with Jesus, who freed the possessed man, and showed that bondage is not necessary.”
Brilliant! Who knew? Well thankfully, Fr. Christian knew and now … so do we. Thank you, Father, for your gracious sharing of this information.