Because a member at the church asked today, I have put together some thoughts regarding the event with Jesus, the demons, and the pigs in Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39. How does this messy event teach us about the goodness of God?
(1) there are things that God allows in order to show the nature of Himself, the nature of evil, and the nature of humanity.
(2) Job was one such example. God allows Satan to destroy. Anything Satan does, He does not by God allowing.
(3) we cant quite understand why he would allow evil at all. But, it has to do with dignity, will, choice, etc.
(4) We as humans have the choice to rebel as Satan did.
(5) God delays his final judgment so that more may come to know him, love him, obey him, etc.
(6) until that time, people continue to have choice and Satan is allowed to still do his work.
(7) Jesus could have ended them and sent them into the Abyss.
(8) this is why the demons beg him to allow their work to continue. Jesus gives them permission to go to the pigs, he didn’t send them to the pigs.
(9) Jesus values human life above life of pigs, etc. this shows dignity God gives to humanity.
(10) one appropriate conclusion would be that God would rather ALLOW 2,000 pigs to be destroyed than to see a life destroyed.
(11) also, note that it still was not Jesus destroying. He is not guilty of destroying livestock. The demons do this.
(12) also note that sending them to the pigs keeps them from entering any of the other HUMAN lives there.
(13) Jesus is saving 1 human life and protecting many others.
(14) the whole scene puts on display the nature of evil, spiritual battle, deliverance, power of a God, etc.
(15) God saving us is messy. Deliverance comes at a price. Spiritual warfare is costly.
(16) some will still choose to have no part of it, as some here were overcome with fear and asked Jesus to leave.
(17) The Good News goes forward. Jesus instructs the delivered man to go give testimony to his sphere of influence regarding God’s ability to save.