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Sunday
May212017

Daily Readings - Mark 5:1-13

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings
Mark 5:1-13

The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." (Mark 5:12)

We probably have not the faintest idea of the number, subtlety, and activity of Satan's agents. We forget that he is the king over an enormous host of subordinate spirits who do his will . . . The malice of Satan appears in his strange petition (v.12). Cast forth from the man whose body they had so long inhabited and possessed, the spirits still thirsted to do mischief. Unable to injure any more an immoral soul, they desired leave to injure the dumb beasts which were feeding nearby. Such is the true character of Satan. It is the bent of his nature to harm, to kill, and to destroy. No wonder that he is called Apollyon, the destroyer (Rev. 9:11).

Let us beware of giving way to the senseless habit of jesting about the devil. It is a habit which furnishes awful evidence of the blindness and corruption of human nature and one which is far too common. Well would it be for us all if we strove more to realize the power and presence of our great spiritual enemy and prayed more to be delivered from him.

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