LUKE 18:35-43

Verses 35-43 “35And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
39And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.”

Mark tells us that the blind man was Bartimaeus.  He is a man who could not be silenced or stopped when he prayed.  It is a lesson to us that we must not let anything or anyone stop us from calling out to God in prayer.  Especially is this true of a sinner who wants to be forgiven.  When God convicts and moves a sinner to come to Him, that sinner will be determined to come to Christ.  When the Devil tries to stop him, he should cry out “so much the more.”

LUKE 8:26-36

Verses 26-36 “26And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
27And 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.
28When 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.
29(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.)
30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
32And 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.
33Then 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.
34When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
35Then 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.
36They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.”

The man was demon possessed, miserable, self-destructive, and indecent.  But he was set free by the amazing grace and power of the Lord.  As interesting as the literal facts in the case may be, it is even more pertinent when we think of what the incident teaches us about how the sinner is set free and delivered from the power and condemnation of sin.  Every unsaved person is under the domination of the Devil and is miserable, doing the Devil’s bidding.  But thank God for his marvelous power and grace that sets the prisoner free.  Jesus is almighty, stronger than the Devil or any spirit, and He can set any sinner free.  And what a change He produces! The change in the demoniac is no greater than the change that God produces in the sinner who becomes a believer in Christ.