- Matthew 8:31-34
- Mat 8:31 (KJB)
- So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go
away into the herd of swine.
- The devils knew that one day they were going to suffer eternal damnation
for their rebellion against God the Father and God the Son. Here they ask
Jesus that if it is not their time yet to begin to suffer to allow them to
go into the herd of swine which was nearby. This shows that even the kingdom
of Satan is subject to the Lord Jesus Christ because they are not allowed to
go anywhere they desire. Thy must ask permission to go into the swine. They
apparently knew that Jesus would not allow them to possess anyone else, so
they knew it was either the bottomless pit or the herd of swine which were
unclean under the law. (Luke 8:31 KJV) And they besought him that
he would not command them to go out into the deep.
The Lord Jesus had the power to commit them unto the bottomless pit until
the last day when they would be cast into the lake of fire. (Rev
9:11 KJV) And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the
bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
tongue hath his name Apollyon.
- Mat 8:32 (KJB)
- 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.
- Just as God did to Satan in the case of Job, the Lord Jesus Christ gave
them leave to go into the herd of swine. The word “Go” in the Greek text is
in the Imperative Mood so they were commanded to go into the herd of swine.
The unclean into the unclean. The Sea of Galilee is about 700 feet (213
meters) below sea level but the hills in the area of Decapolis rise to a
height of about 1000 feet (304 meters). So when the devils went into the
herd of swine, they went crazy and started to run violently toward the
cliffs. They then all went over the cliff, one following another, right into
the Sea of Galilee and perished. This gives a little insight as to the last
day. The unsaved who are the unclean before God will also perish with the
kingdom of Satan in Hell. These swine going down the cliff is a picture of
the final judgment. If these swine were owned by Jews, they were in
violation of God’s law and even if they were owned by Gentiles, they still
did not belong in that area because it was part of the land which God gave
Israel. As for the devils, they may have ended up in the bottomless pit
anyway after the pigs died because they lost their host.
- Mat 8:33 (KJB)
- 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.
- As soon as the swine had perished from off the cliff, the herdsmen had
immediately gone into the city to notify the owners of the herd and to tell
them about what happened to the devil possessed man who would have been
their best guard because no one would dare try to steal any of the swine
while the devil possessed man was living there. They not only lost their
herds but they also lost their best security guard.
- Mat 8:34 (KJB)
- 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.
- Once word had spread concerning the events which took place, the entire
town had come out to see Jesus. No longer was the focus on the devil
possessed man and his deliverance, they now focused strictly on Jesus.
(Mark 5:15 KJV) And they come to Jesus, and see him that was
possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in
his right mind: and they were afraid. They saw the
delivered man sitting clothed and in his right mind. They were all still
probably frightened of him knowing his history but now they are seeing him
in a different light. However, the people were obviously frightened of Jesus
and asked Him to leave the area because they had just lost a huge herd of
swine which would have been worth much money. They had desired the pigs over
Jesus, nevertheless, the two men whom Jesus delivered from the demonic
possession had stayed behind and now there were two witnesses to the power
of Jesus who had shown ultimate power over the kingdom of Satan.