There was on the East side of the Sea of Galilee, a region known as the land of the Gadarenes. Jesus was in Galilee with the disciples and suddenly decided to cross over to the land of the Gadarenes:
[Mar 5:1-20 KJV] 1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, [thou] Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, [thou] unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told [it] in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 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. 16 And they that saw [it] told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and [also] concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all [men] did marvel.
Jesus often spoke in parables. Some saw the meaning, others did not. But Jesus not only spoke with parables, his entire life was a parable, to include this account of the man formerly called legion. This too some see, and some do not. The meaning of the name “Gadarene” is “reward after”. The answer to the question, after what? is answered by the place where the man resorted, which was the tombs. Decapolis was one of the provinces the lands of Judah and Israel had been subdivided into by the ruling Roman Empire. The man lived in a nation which had a religion that had fractured into opposing views. It was ruled by a foreign power through puppet appointees placed over the various regions. Herod, for example, was “king of Judea”, a title he received by appointment of the Roman Senate. The average person living in this part of the world had a lot of confusion to deal with. And a lot of things to be afraid of. There were civil authorities, religious authorities, and many, many conflicting voices, all contending for one’s ear. There seems to be one common denominator however, in everything that presents itself as an authority in any matter, and that is the notion that all reward, all answers, all peace, all tranquility and all final relief and deliverance from the human situation, lie on the other side of the grave. Even today, we are often told that we die and go to heaven, whereas Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is within you”. Therefore, the Way is not the grave. Jesus, tasting death for everyone, has taken the grave out of the equation. We were admonished that if we seek, we will find. The grave does not figure in this admonition in any capacity whatsoever. No man, woman or child is relegated to living life with a head full of conflicting voices, with the only hope of relief being the grave. Many do, and do so willingly, but it is not necessary.
To such an individual, tormented and conflicted, did Jesus come, having heard his cry in the tombs. The conflicting voices were granted a place in a herd of swine, which immediately did what the man called Legion had been doing; choking in a raging, boiling, conflicted sea of human “wisdom”. The man, being delivered, was found clothed, in his right mind, and sitting at Jesus’ feet. Of Jesus, it had been told :
[Isa 40:10 KJV] 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him.
[Rev 22:12 KJV] 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Jesus has said, if a man love him and keep his word, He and the Father will make their abode with him. This promise has nothing to do with the grave. It is here and now. For Christ is himself, our reward. Quickly, all the inhabitants of the Gadarenes wanted Jesus to “depart their coasts”. This too is an encrypted message of the scriptures, where their coasts means their thinking. There is no room for present peace and contentment, in a world governed by the thought that it can not exist here, along side the herd mentality.
[Isa 26:3 KJV] 3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.
[Isa 1:18 KJV] 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
The nation we live in is exactly as was the land of Israel in the days of this man Jesus came to. Civil and religious strife and contention abound, in a land run and governed by a foreign power, via select members of it’s own citizenry, a foreign power bent on absolute world domination, and identified in the scriptures as “Jezebel” and “The city on seven hills”. Also “The great Whore the sits upon many waters”. Draining a swamp is a great thing. But if I fill it with fresh water for the same snakes and alligators that lived there before, the last case is liable to be worse than the first. But no matter the outcome, to be clothed and in one’s right mind has nothing to do with the issues of the day, for:
[Rom 8:6 KJV] 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.