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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 8:22-39

We have here two illustrious proofs of the power of our Lord Jesus which we had before?his power over the winds, and his power over the devils. See Mark 4:1-5:43. I. His power over the winds, those powers of the air that are so much a terror to men, especially upon sea, and occasion the death of such multitudes. Observe, 1. Christ ordered his disciples to put to sea, that he might show his glory upon the water, in stilling the waves, and might do an act of kindness to a poor possessed man on... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 8:26-39

8:26-39 They came in their voyage to the district of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus had disembarked on the land there met him a man from the town who had demons. For a long time he had gone unclothed, and he did not stay in a house and fell down before him and shouted, "What have you and I to do with each other, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beseech you--don't torture me!"--for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For many a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 8:38

Now the man out of whom the devils were departed ,.... Sensible of the power of Christ, and of the favour he had received from him, was of a quite different mind from his countrymen: and besought him that he might be with him ; See Gill on Mark 5:18 . But Jesus sent him away ; from him, into the country: saying , as follows. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 8:38

Verse 38 Luke 8:38.And the men requested The Gadarenes cannot endure to have Christ among them but he who has been delivered from the devil is desirous to leave his own country and follow him. Hence we learn how wide is the difference between the knowledge of the goodness, and the knowledge of the power, of God. Power strikes men with terror, makes them fly from the presence of God, and drives them to a distance from him: but goodness draws them gently, and makes them feel that nothing is more... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:22-56

A group of miracles. The mother and brethren of Jesus had tried in vain to interfere with the important work in which he was engaged; he clung to his disciples as the real members of his Father's family. And so we find his career as a merciful Miracle-worker continuing. We have here a group of notable miracles; it was, as Godet suggests, the culmination of his miraculous work. Nature, human nature, and death yield to his authority in their order. I. SAFETY IN THE SOCIETY OF ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:26-39

The evil spirit in the Gergesene demoniac is dismissed into the herd of swine. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:26-39

The demoniac whose name was Legion. Two miserable creatures are mentioned in Matthew. No sooner has Jesus come forth on the land than they rush towards him. Human, yet without the mental attributes of humanity, shunned by all, left in the lonely place, to rend the air with fearful cries, to clash themselves against stones, wretched beyond all names of wretchedness. One of the two is singled out by St. Luke, and described (verses 27, 29). Observe the effect of Jesus' presence. Instantly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:37-40

Jesus Christ: rejection and welcome. We have in these two passages a very striking contrast; we have in the one a very deliberate and consentaneous dismissal, and in the other a very cordial and unanimous reception of our Lord,—it is illustrative of the treatment he is now receiving at the hands of men. I. THE REJECTION OF JESUS CHRIST . 1 . It may be deliberate and determined. In the case of the Gadarenes it was emphatically so. They all came together to seek him and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:38

Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying . The restored man longed to remain with his Deliverer, but this was not permitted—the great Teacher bade him stay behind in his own country. Perhaps, thought the Redeemer, "some of these hardhearted Gadarenes will be won by his testimony—one of themselves, too, and so notorious a sufferer." His work, the Master told him, was there among his own people; so he stayed,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 8:38-39

Our return for God's greater kindnesses. The outcasting of a demon from a man was certainly one of the greater miracles Christ wrought, and the greater benefits he bestowed. It required special power, and it conferred a boon of the highest order. We look at— I. THE GREATER KINDNESSES WE RECEIVE FROM GOD . It might be argued that all God's mercies are great, inasmuch as 1 . That some of them are little marked by us. Among these are: 2 . That there are special... read more

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