Jesus and his disciples travel to the country of the Gerasenes (some manuscripts have "Gadarenes" to harmonize with Matthew 8:28 ) across the lake by boat, a region that is in modern Jordan. A possessed man comes to meet them. Mark relates that the man had lived in nearby tombs, and had fought off all attempts to chain him up. He roamed the tombs and hills screaming.
The man falls at Jesus's feet and begs Jesus not to harm him. Jesus asks him what his name is and he replies "My name is Legion,...for we are many". Legion might be a reference to the Roman army. (Miller 24) They see some nearby pigs and the demons ask if they can be put in the pigs, which Jesus does. The pigs then rush into the lake and drown.
The people tending the pigs run off to town telling everyone what happened and some come to check it out. When they arrive the man is sitting dressed and sane. They are disturbed and ask Jesus to leave the area and he complies. The man asks Jesus to let him follow him, but Jesus tells him to go home to his family and tell them what God has done for him. The man then travels over the Decapolis telling people the story.
Men arrive and tell Jairus that his daughter is dead. Jesus brushes them off and says "Don't be afraid; just believe." They arrive at the house and everyone is crying loudly. Jesus assures everyone she is just asleep, goes inside and tells her to get up and she does. Unlike the demon possessed man he tells them not to tell people of these events.
This is also in Matthew 9:18-26 and Luke 8:40-56 Luke keeps the stories of the possessed man and the two women together but Matthew inserts the story of the paralyzed man, calling of Matthew, and the parable of the wineskins found in Mark 2 between these two stories.
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