We are not even told his name: the man otherwise known by the demons that tormented him, or Legion. The Gospel writers simply describe him as a “demoniac.” If there is one story in the New Testament that epitomizes the ravages of evil in humanity, it has to be this one.
But before we dive into the story, a question begs to be answered. If God, who is infinite and all-knowing, knew all of the pain, chaos, and suffering that evil would inflict on His beloved children, then why did He allow sin to enter the world in the first place?
Pondering Our Divine Design
“It was a dark and stormy night . . .” This famous opening line from Paul Clifford powerfully sets the stage for an intriguing story, but the concept didn’t originate there. In fact, the scene is exactly how the story of Legion begins. “When evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ . . . And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat” (Mark 4:35, 37).
It’s dark. A storm is raging. The waters are out of control. Even these seasoned fishermen will soon begin to panic in the chaos. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It is a remarkable story, and it’s one I cannot wait for us to dive into. However, to properly study any passage in the Bible, we must first consider how the passage fits within the book in which it appears, as well as how it all fits within the Bible as a whole. This helps us to set the stage for whatever passage we are studying. So before we open Mark’s Gospel and dive into the details of our story, we will spend some time exploring the events that begin with the Bible’s first mention of darkness, untamed waters, and chaos.
In the Beginning
Perhaps you are already familiar with the major events recorded in the first three chapters of Genesis:
- God creates the world in six days; He rests on the seventh day.
- God creates Adam and Eve, to whom He gives authority over the earth and all its creatures.
- Adam and Eve live in a garden paradise, enjoying God’s presence.
- Then one day, a snake talks, Eve listens, Adam bites, and it all falls apart.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” (James 1:14)
Did God know the risk in allowing mankind to sin and forfeit their dominion over the earth? Of course He did. From our limited perspective, the events in Genesis appear risky, but for God, this divine risk sets the stage for a glorious divine rescue. . .The events in Genesis 1 seem risky, but this divine risk sets the stage for a glorious divine rescue. #LegionBibleStudy Click To Tweet
Want to read a FREE advanced digital copy of the full study? Join the Legion Book Launch Team today! Adapted from Week One of my new Bible study, LEGION: Rediscovering the God Who Rescues Me, the second study in my BEHIND THE SEEN series. Copyright © 2019 by Shadia Hrichi. Published by Leafwood Publishers.