Mass Eviction


No Jesus, definitely no

Not gonna leave this wretch.

Saw a little window

Of opportunity

Took it, and soon

Had license for

Many more of us

To occupy and mis-direct.

He howls and wanders

Frighteningly strong

Turned away by townsfolk

Living so alone.

But he has us

Whispers and images

All from darkness.

He sees you coming now

In your little boat

Rough crossing wasn’t it?

Probably short on sleep.

Wait a minute!

Who let this wretch bend his knees?

Bow down right there in the sand?

Can we have a little dis-order here?


Jesus, come on now

Staring in at us, are you?

Any idea how many here inside?

Oh, Holy Man


You are trumped.

That herd of swine over there

Almost far as the eye can see.

Two thousand of ‘em.

They would have to be our next residence.

So, Son of the most high God

Are you up to that?

What’s that you say?


Mark 5: 13

Note: When you light a candle darkness flees. When you act in Godly compassion torment flees. Read Mark 5: 19.


8 thoughts on “Mass Eviction

  1. When we read Mark 5 or Luke 8 we seem to get caught up in the momentum of Jesus’ busy, tireless day. We go from one event to another, perhaps too quickly. The stormy crossing. The demoniac. The resisted call to the swine-herders. The return by boat. The pleading of Jairus. The healing of the faithful woman with the blood issue. The raising of the sweet 12 year-old damsel from death. It leaves the reader puffing with exhaustion. But step back to the image of the pigs. 2000! Any idea how much real estate would be covered by that squealing bunch? And that ugly, chaotic, unholy destination would be appropriate for LEGION. And Jesus was up to the challenge as He issued just one Word in the authority of Heaven.

    1. What if both paupers are fine people who would be more than happy to share what little they have? I love Max Lucado. Going to go re-read those chapters because I don’t remember the resisted call to the swine herders.

      1. Read verses 16 and 17. Imagine these people in community were blessed by the business of the swine (not kosher). They were allowed to see the complete transformation of the demoniac. They heard the story. But other priorities robbed them of ears to hear. They asked the Lord of Glory to move on down the road. Pity. It sounds so incredibly unbelievable. But is it even foreign to today’s seeker-sensitive churches? Doug

      2. Good insights. I guess I had forgotten that it was the pig tenders who ran off to alert everyone about what was happening. My understanding is that the people of that region were Gentiles – culturally more Greek than Semitic – which would explain the pork production. Can’t imagine asking the Lord to leave the region but, like you said, people do it everyday! I wouldn’t just pick on the seeker churches though – it was a long time before the Holy Spirit was acknowledged in the Baptist church, as well as in some other denominations I’ve visited. People were way too afraid to lift their hands in praise, way too afraid He’d come and rock their comfy, well-constructed boats.

    1. I’m sure it was a wonderful message that had nothing to do with my comment. I only made the comment because whenever I hear that quote I always think, “Hey wait, why shouldn’t a pauper have the privilege/opportunity to give, too?”

  2. To think that You would come across the sea to only free me, Thou art Holy and worthy to be praised.
    Hallelujah! Amen!
    All that way leaving behind clamoring throngs, Just for me, filthy ol’ unworthy me…amazing!Praise be to God!

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