From Outline Studies of Great Texts of the Bible, A.T. Pierson, Baker, 1969.
“And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.” – Matthew 8:28.
Bearing in mind the moral meaning of Christ’s miracles, this is both one of the most stupendous and most significant. It seems intended to illustrate a sinner, hopelessly enslaved, not by one, but by many, vicious habits. To nothing does it correspond more than to the maddening effect of strong drink and sensual lusts combined, as in the drunkard and the debauchee. It has therefore a very special encouragement for those who are working to save the poor victims of vice and crime who are outcasts from decent society.
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