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Christ commands to cross the Lake. 95
So shall it be at the end of the world : the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire : there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old '. Christ commands to cross the Lake. He quells
the Tempest. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And the same day, when the even was come, when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment and he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And he said unto his disciples, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. And, behold, there arose a great storm of wind, and a great tempest in the sea, inso
3 Matt. xiii. 44-52.
96 Christ heals the Demoniacs of Gadara. much that the ship was covered with the waves, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full, and they were in jeopardy. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, carest thou not that we perish ? Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the raging of the water, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. But the men feared exceedingly, and marvelled, and said one to another, What manner of man is this? for he commandeth even the winds and water, and even the winds and the sea obey him 4.
Christ heals the Demoniacs of Gadara. And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes and Gergesenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. One of them had devils long time, and no man Christ heals the Demoniacs of Gadara. 97 could bind him, no, not with chains: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him; and the fetters broken in pieces : neither could any man tame him. And he was driven of the devil into the wilderness, and wore no clothes, neither abode in any house, but always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when they saw Jesus afar off, they ran and fell down and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? I beseech thee, I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion : for we are many; because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country; and that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
* Matt. viii. 18—27; xiii. 53. Mark iv. 35–41. Luke viii. 22–25.
Now there was there a good way off from them nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out,
98 Christ heals the Demoniacs of Gadara. suffer us to go away into the herd of swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave, and said unto them, Go. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and behold the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand ;) and perished in the waters. And when they that fed the swine saw what was done, they fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing in the city, and in the country, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and to see what it was that was done. And they came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, and that had the legion, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed, and also concerning the swine. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them, and out of their coasts; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship. And when he was come into the ship, the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be The Feast in Matthew's House.
with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and to thy friends, and tell them how great things God hath done for thee, and bath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and went his way, and began to publish throughout the whole city and in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. And he entered into a ship, and passed over again unto the other side, and much people gathered unto him, and gladly received him; for they were all waiting for him: and he was nigh unto the sea. The Feast in Matthew's House. Our Lord
defends his Disciples for not Fasting. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house. And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat, behold a great company of publicans and sinners came and sat down also with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. But when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he, answering, said unto
* Matt. viii. 28; ix. 1. Mark v. 1--21. Luke viji. 26-40.