These are three different things and sometimes today they are all put together as if they are the same and some people make them all a generational curse which they are not. We will be dealing with how to break generational curses, cycles and patterns in your personal life and that of your family. It is God’s will for you to walk in victory.
Luke 8:26 “And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against
Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying,What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.” The demons in the man wanted to go into the swine and the Lord allowed that to happen. Verse 33-39 “Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. ”
This story is also given in Matthew 8:28-34 and Mark 5:1-20. Each of the gospel writers tells the same story though one may add a different element or a different perspective to the story. It is like two eye witnesses who see something, but from a different perspective and both are correct and accurate. They wrote that which stood our in their heart and mind of this particular miracle as they saw it.
Let us go back to that time and
territory ofChorazin and Jesus day and the territory of Galilee and the Sea of Galilee which is really a lake about 7 miles wide and 8 miles long depending on the time of year and how much water pours into it form the Jordan River. It is a place where the ministry of Jesus Christ centered while he was here on earth. About 65% to 70% of the miracles of the four gospels took place around the lake of Galilee. There were three prominent Jewish communities or towns that existed in the time of Christ that the gospel writers wrote about, Capernaum, Chorazin is a city Jesus ministered in but there is not much history in the four gospels concerning this city. He was there and later in his ministry he cursed all three of these cities for their unbelief. These cities were predominantly Jewish cities. Bethsaida. Many of the miracles took place in Capernaum and it is believed to be the place where Simon Peter had a house and fishing business, there not far from the Synagogue. Then Bathsaida, recently excavated in is where 6 of the 12 disciples were originally from that followed Christ. Israel
When you cross the
lake of Galilee and went to the other side you came into what was predominantly a Grecian-Syrian culture. It was a territory with a lot of idol worship and temples built to idols and heavily occupied by Romans. Where this miracle took place in the land of the Gadarenes was a city that had a temple to Zeus. Zeus was a idol god brought in through Alexander the Great, one of the men of Daniel’s prophecy who conquered the know world in his time, taking over from the Medes and Persians, conquering the known world and ruling from Babylon for a period of time, died there in Babylon at 33 years of age. The Greek culture became widespread throughout the Middle East and especially in . Israel
Through the Greek culture, Alexander the Great brought in the worship of Zeus. Zeus was a god from Greek Mythology and like Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews; Zeus had to have an animal sacrifice. God’s sacrifice at Passover was- bring me a lamb (Exodus 12) but Zeus’s offering was a pig or swine. A swine is very unclean to the Jew. Muslims also have no contact with pigs or swine. They are considered to be the worst animal on the face of the earth. Jews, if orthodox, won’t eat any kind of pork because it is considered unclean. But why, on the other side of the
Sea of Galilee are the people raising swine or pigs? Because at the temple of Zeus, which was built in the city near where this miracle happened, they had a temple to Zeus, who demanded the offering of these pigs. They were being raised by Grecian, Syrian gentiles that were raising them to sell to the priests of Zeus so they would have something to put on their altar. Keep that in mind.
The territory where this miracle happened is called the land of the Gadarenes. The reason it is called the land of the Gadarenes is because of the word Gad that you see in that word. They were a territory on the other side of the
Sea of Galilee where the tribe of Gad settled. You remember that Jacob had twelve sons and one of Leah’s maids gave birth to a child she named Gad, which means a troop. When Joshua brought the children of Israelacross the Jordan River and the tribes began to settle in different parts of the Promised Land. The tribe of Gad lived in the area of territory we now know as the Golan Heights or the Bashan area. It begins on the other side of the Sea of Galilee near where this story happened in Luke 8 and it goes all the way up toward the border of Lebanonand Syria. What is important to know about the tribe of Gad, according to the book of Judges, the tribe of Gad was the tribe furtherest away from Jerusalem.
The Bible demanded by the law of God that all males over 20 years of age would go up to the temple of Jerusalem during the Feasts of Passover, Pentecost and also Tabernacles. So all men over 20 years age had to take a week off work and in fact it was more than that for them when you add up the trip to
Jerusalem, staying for the feasts and then returning. But they were required to come up to Jerusalem and bring an offering, a sacrifice to the Lord three times a year. The Tribe of Gad was the furtherest away from Jerusalem so for them it was more difficult during these three feast times to come from the upper Golan Heights all the way through the mountains of Samaria, through the West Bank to the city of Jerusalem. It took them days to get there.
So the tribe of Gad began to complain and say, since we are so far from the temple let us do something about it. So they built and altar and when they built the altar, the judges and the king came up to the tribe of Gad and started rebuking them and said don’t you know the law of Moses said you are not to build an altar or to copy an altar. Then the tribe of Gad said, wait a minute, we are furtherest away from the temple so we are just doing this as a memorial so that we can show our children so that they won’t forget what it’s like to serve God. That sufficed. But the point is that the tribe of Gad was the furtherest away from the presence of God. When Jesus Christ ministered in Mark 5, Luke 8 and Matthew 8 and we deal with the story of the maniac of
Gadara, which is what this man is called who had 2000 demons living in him. That is more demons spirits in one person that Jesus encountered in all the rest of his entire ministry. In Canaan, in Nazareth, in Jerusalem, in Jericho, where ever he ministered, he never encountered anything like the demons in this one man. The spiritual principle is this: Gad was the furtherest away from the presence of God. Because of this the demons became comfortable in the territory of Gad. Throughout the other places of there was Grecian, Syrian influence. Throughout the other places of Israel though there were Jewish synagogues with Jews living there who predominantly had kept the Jewish religion alive, but on the other side of the sea where the tribe of Gad was, there was a lot of occult worship and sacrificing animals to idol gods. Again, this is the way it was in other cities, but more there than almost anywhere else. Israel
The point is that when people live far away from the presence of God, demons get comfortable. Evil spirit will become comfortable living in someone who is never around the presence of God. Why? Because when the man of
Gadara met Jesus, the demons in him said, ‘Are you come to torment us before the time.” The presence of Jesus Christ tormented the evil spirits living inside this man. Demonic spirits never come around the presence of God or people who have the presence of God on them, but they get very comfortable living where there is no presence of God.
So the tribe of Gad had been infested with people who worshipped idols and false gods but the Bible said in Genesis 49 that Gad is a troop and he will overcome in the end. Jesus said, let us go over to the other side of the sea because He was not only going to deliver a man from evil spirits but he was about to cancel the devils assignment that was against the tribe of Gad. That is where we will begin, talking about how Jesus Christ has come to deliver people from the bondages they are in and the bondages of their past and break generational cycles, patterns and curses.
This man had what we would term today as a complete nervous breakdown. If he would have been analyzed by a psychologist today he would have doubtless been placed in an asylum or institution and never allowed to see anyone or the outside world again. But scripture tells us that it was because the man was possessed by at least 2000 demon spirits. Notice where the man was living; Scripture said he dwelt among the tombs.
You need to know something about the tombs in that day. They did not bury people back then the way we bury them now. Today we dig a hole in the ground six feet deep and put an encasement around the coffin and cover them up. In that day, they took a limestone mountain and cut a big cave into the mountain and cut niches to the left and right side, within the cave and then inside those niches they would cut smaller niches and that is where they placed the person. Then when the body would decay, they would take the bones and wash them down and put them in an ausurary, a clay container baked in an over about 3 ft long and 18 inches wide and 18-20 inches high and they put the bones into the container and put it back into a niche. It was called a sepulcher. Most of the sepulchers that existed back in Christ’s day were cut into the white limestone rock. So when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and said you’re a whited sepulcher full of dead men’s bones, this is what he was talking about. He was referring to these burial places that were all over
that people built in order to bury their dead. Israel
Notice this man had his dwelling among the tombs. In other words, he lived among dead things. He wasn’t living where there was life, around the move of God, attending a Synagogue where he could get help from the ministry of someone anointed by God. He was living in the tombs. This tells us prophetically that tombs are where something once lived but is now dead. Tombs are where what you have is a past memory. There are people living among the tombs, living in their past, living with the bondages of their past, living with the guilt of their past, living with the hindrance of their past and there are not only other people that are not only living in the ruins of their past but they are living in the presence of something that is dead.
I’m not talking about a loved one that has passed away, but I am talking about a marriage that is dead. You are keeping it together just because of the children. The affection and the love is gone and you’re only keeping your marriage together because of the children because the marriage is dead. Your job is dead. You don’t look forward to going, to getting up in the morning, to work and you look forward to when you can leave and you dread every day because your job is dead. You have no family life, you have no joy, and church is dead. There are places where people say there is nothing alive here. There are people today living among dead things. Things where there is no real life.
Three things I want to relate concerning this man. Not only is he bound up in tombs that represent memories of the past, not only is he bound up in a grave yard living among dead things, things that used to exist but no longer exist, that is where his dwelling is. Again, when there is spiritual death, the enemy can get comfortable with his attacks and what he does in your life.
There are three things about this man that I want to relate to you. One, no man could tame him. Two, no man could bind him. And three, night and day he was crying.
First of all, no man could tame him. This word is interesting because we don’t tame people, we train people. The Bible never said tame a child in the way he should go. Although there are some wild children in our society that truly need taming, it doesn’t say that, it says train up a child in the way that he should go. That means to instruct or teach a child in the right way. You don’t tame a person, a human being, you train a person. You tame a wild animal. The inference here is that the man was so wild that he was not even considered to be human, but like an animal.
Secondly, it says that no man could bind him. He could break chains, he could put on a public display, but he couldn’t get out of the graveyard. Now don’t miss the point. This man, if fettered or chained could break them but he could not get out of his grave yard. He couldn’t leave the land of death and he couldn’t destroy the past. He was living in the memories of the past where things once lived that are now dead. He could put on an outward show that he was strong but inwardly he was very sad and bound.
Samson was a prime example of a man who used the anointing of the Holy Spirit to put on an outward show or a public display of his strength when the Lord was upon him, but he did not allow the Holy Spirit to minister to his personal and private needs and give him victory over his flesh. For example read how the spirit of God came upon Sampson. You read that over and over. He tied foxes tails together and set the Philistines grain on fire, he took the jawbone of a donkey and slew 1000 Philistines. On another occasion the spirit of God came upon him and he ripped the gates off the city of
Gaza and took it miles away and left them on top of a hill. This man took the spirit of God that was upon him and puts on a public display and impressed people publicly with how strong he is. He impresses people with his ability but yet in the privacy of his own home and the privacy of his life, he is defeated. In the privacy of his life he is weak and in the privacy of his life he is visiting prostitutes. In the privacy of his life he has his head in the lap of Delilah. Tha t is a misdirected anointing.
The anointing of God, which is the tangible presence of God that a person can feel. If you spend a lot of time with God in prayer there will be times that you feel his presence. The anointing is the tangible actual presence of God that works in the human body. That anointing is given to us to help our weaknesses and to give us strength spiritually. It is given to us to help us to minister to others the presence and life of God. The Bible says in Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
God anointed Jesus to preach but He also anointed Jesus to minister to the people. The anointing is given to touch the lives of people. But here is what a misdirected anointing is. Romans 8 says we don’t know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit helpeth our infirmities and maketh intercession for us with growings which cannot be uttered.
The human being has weaknesses. The human being has certain weakness in their mind, in their body and in their flesh. We have physical weaknesses, mental weaknesses and spiritual weaknesses. Therefore God gives us the Holy Spirit to help our infirmity. Now Sampson had a weakness with women. Sampson had a weakness with wanting to take the power of God and put on a public display but in private he didn’t allow the Spirit of God to work in his life and set him free. Now that applies to the believer today. The presence of God is all around us and is near us and sometimes people will sing and God blesses their singing or they will stand and teach and God will bless their teaching but yet privately they do not allow the Holy Spirit to work with them when they leave the church service.
Here is a man that could take chains and break them. He could take fetters and break them. He could stand publicly and put on a public display that everything was great, but he still lived in the graveyard. He could break chains but he couldn’t get out to of the graveyard. He could put on a show of his power and his ability through demonic ability but he went home crying at night. The Bible said that night and day he cried.
Let me tell you something about the
Sea of Galilee. The Bible says that Jesus was at the fourth watch praying. The fourth watch is 3am to 6am in the morning. When the Sea of Galilee is quiet at night and you are on it or by it, you can hear a noise from different parts of the lake. That is only possible when it is perfectly still. Jesus was up on a high mountain praying and I believe this man was crying out and Jesus could hear the torment of this mans voice as it bounced across the water and Jesus heard his voice and decided He would go and break this demonic assignment upon that man’s life. There was a man living in the graveyard that couldn’t get out, but Jesus was on His way to set him free. So Jesus said, “let us go over to the other side.”
This is unusual because Jesus normally ministered on one side of the lake where Bathsaida, Corizin, Capernium and Magdela were. But now He is crossing over to this area with a strong heathenistic Grecian Syrian Roman occupation and culture. So as He goes over to the other side, notice what happens. Satan produces a storm. God is not in the storm, but the enemy produces a storm and tries to take the boat down. The boat is being hit with water and the boat is full of water and Jesus said “Lets go over to the other side” and when Jesus says, “Let’s go over to the other side” your going to make it even if the boat is full of water.
Now notice what happens. Jesus has got an assignment, to cancel the assignment of the devil on a man’s life but the enemy comes with a storm to try and disrupt the plan. You need to know that right before God is about to visit you in a major way, right before your about to get a major spiritual breakthrough, right before your about to get an answer to prayer that you’ve been praying for, for a long time, the enemy will try to send a storm to hinder you. Because when storms come, people stop their momentum. They stop their progression and sometimes they sit down and back up and they re-evaluate in the time of the storm. But it is not time to re-evaluate in a time of storm. Jesus stood up in the midst of the storm and said, “Peace, be still” and stopped the attack of the enemy that was trying to hinder Him from getting to this man.
When they got off the boat on the other side, here we have Jesus, a Jew going to a graveyard. Now that doesn’t mean much to us today in our society and culture, we go to graveyards when we bury someone and when we visit a tomb, but in Jesus day the law of Moses said that except for a funeral a Jew was not to go around a graveyard because to go around a graveyard would make you ceremonial unclean in the sight of God. So, had Jesus been around a Jewish rabbi, the rabbi would have started yelling “unclean, unclean” and he would have declared Jesus unclean for walking toward a graveyard where this maniac was.
But let me tell you what Jesus thinks of graveyards, what Jesus thinks of places that are tombs that represent the memories of the past. You see when Jesus was with his disciples ministering, He got word one day that His friend Lazarus was sick. Now instead of sending a prayer team to pray for Lazarus or sending an anointed handkerchief or instead of leaving where He was to go and minister to Lazarus, Jesus said, wait lets just stay here a while longer and minister to these people. Finally Lazarus dies and Jesus gets back to Bethany, Mary and Martha are upset and said, “If you had been here, he never would have died.” So, then Jesus tells them, “I’m the resurrection and the life, take me to the tomb.” When they get to the edge of the tomb this is what they say, “By now he stinketh.” The man has been dead four days. This is the Middle East, they didn’t take corpses and put them in refrigerators to keep them cool until the funeral took place and two they didn’t embalm the bodies, they left the blood in the bodies, this is the way they bury Orthodox Jewish people in
Jerusalem. If you die there and you’re an Orthodox Jew, you are buried within a couple hours. They do it immediately. So the blood was in the body and decaying, the body was decaying and he literally stunk. The full story is in John chapter eleven.
This is the application. There are people that have served God and failed. And when people fail God and fall in sin by having an affair or commit fornication or a daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock, people have a tendency to back away from the person and say, well by now they stink. They smell and some people won’t get near you if you fail God at some point in your life. They don’t want to have anything to do with a servant of Christ that fails or falls into sin because they don’t want to hurt their little reputation. But I want to tell you that Jesus was not afraid of Lazarus who stunk. Jesus was not afraid to go near Lazarus just because the man stunk.
Also know that men had placed a stone over the grave. This was a man made, man hewn stone. So men had put a stone up to cover the stink. Men had put something there made of rock to cover it so nobody would go to Lazarus, so nobody would talk about Lazarus. He is in there stinking and rotting so let him lay there and rot and we will put a stone there to hide the stink. Jesus said, “take that man made stone away, take the covering away.”
People try to hide their sins. They do something wrong and they do something they know is against God so they want to put a stone to cover it up. It’s kind of like Adam and Eve trying to cover themselves with fig leaves. Fig leaves won’t cover your nakedness. It may do it temporarily, but when God shows up He is going to have to remove the fig leaves because you have to be as you are in order for God to minister to you. Come as you are. Like the son says, “Just as I am without one plea but that thy blood was shed for me.” He wants you to come to Him as your are. Men want to cover the smell of death, they want to cover the embarrassment of the moment; they want to hide it. Jesus said, “Take the stone away, I want to see the man just like he is, I want to smell him in the condition he is in because I want to do something about it.” That is when Jesus spoke words of life and said, “Lazarus come forth and Lazarus came forth still bound up with grave clothes, but Jesus said loose him and let him go.
Notice this carefully. Lazarus had life in him, Lazarus was resurrected from the dead, Lazarus was called back from the dead by the power of Jesus Christ but yet here is a man that is living but still bound up with grave clothes. This is the point. There are people who are saved who really love the Lord and they are sitting in churches listening to the gospel being preached but they still have on grave clothes. They still are bound up with habits, they are still bound up with works of their flesh, in other words, the smell of death is still on them although hey have accepted Christ and although they are following the Lord.
Jesus is not afraid of coming into a persons life to deal with their past. He is not afraid to come into their life and deal with the stink that has been caused because of their sin. And Jesus showed up and this is what He did. He rebuked the demonic spirit that was in this man, the demoniac of the gadarenes and instantly the demonic power left this man and he was healed and delivered by the words of Jesus Christ. He didn’t have to sit down and do counseling for a year, he didn’t’ have to go to a doctor to take medicine; he was instantaneously delivered from the demonic spirits by the power of God. Now the demon spirits went into the pigs and this is the funny part and then the pigs ran fast as they could down into the lake and drowned themselves. The pigs weren’t willing to live with the devils in them. So they committed suicide. The man had tried to commit suicide, but the pigs did. They drowned in the
lake of Galilee. Why are men today so willing to live with or in the presence of demons, when even the unclean pigs who are happy to live in mud and slop, would not stand the presence of the demons?
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