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Take a few minutes to clear your mind and prepare for what God has to show you in His Word. Write down any pressing concerns and put them aside.
Before you begin, review last week’s devotion. Today, we will focus on what occurred after the man’s healing.
“The man from whom the demons had departed kept begging Jesus to be with Him. But He sent him away and said, ‘Go back to your home, and tell all that God has done for you.’ And off he went, proclaiming throughout the town all that Jesus had done for him.” —Luke 8:38-39
Read Luke 8:38-39 and complete the following.
• Examine this Scripture carefully. In your journal, jot down Jesus’ actions and the reactions of the man.
Jesus The Healed Man
• In other healing accounts, Jesus asked the people He healed not to tell about their experience, yet He commanded this man to do the opposite. Why is this significant?
The man begged to go with Jesus; He was desperate to stay with the One who freed Him. However, Jesus wanted the man to go and tell others what He did for him, and the man obeyed.
• Why did the man’ transformation require action? Explain.
• Highlight the word “proclaiming.” Look at the definition of proclaim below. How important was Jesus’ authority over evil in this man’s life? How important is Jesus’ authority over evil today?
• What Jesus did for you is worth sharing with others. In your journal, jot down the names of a few people you can tell about Him.
• Have you practiced telling people what God has done for you? Record your story and commit to telling one person from your list about it this week.
• For further study on redemptive stories, read about Paul’s conversion in Acts 9.
BEHIND THE STORY
Jesus was in the region of the Gerasenes when He healed the demon possessed man from the tombs. When the townspeople heard what Jesus had done, they were “gripped by great fear” (v. 37) and asked Him to leave. When Jesus asked the man to go back to his home and tell everyone what happened, He sent the man directly into the area Jesus was expelled from and where the man himself had been an outcast.
PROCLAIM (v.) = to publicly announce something of importance
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