This week we have been talking a bit about Jesus getting out of the boat on the far shore of the Sea of Galilee.
One reader pointed out to me that Matthew has two demon possessed guys, and Mark and Luke only talk about one.
The question is clear – is it one or two and why the difference?
And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs; they were so exceedingly violent that no one could pass by that road. And behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” ~ Matthew 8:28-29
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, ~ Mark 5:2
And when He had come out onto the land, He was met by a certain man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. ~ Luke 8:27
That’s an easy one – Matthew was after all a tax collector and those guys knew how to count! – Just kidding
But seriously folks, I sit in meetings and take notes every day at work. I will sit there with a couple of my colleagues and take detailed notes. One of the reasons I take careful notes when I am interested, or the content is important, is that I know we all observe things from completely different perspectives. Sometimes I am amazed that we can both listen to the exact same people saying the exact same thing, and we all hear completely different details. To the point where I will argue my side, then go back to the source and find out I was completely wrong.
It is amazing how differently we see things.
In this case my assumption is that Jesus interacted with one of the men in detail and the interview with the demonic hoard revolved around only one of the men, though this army of demons may have inhabited both.
It may be that only one wanted to join Jesus’ band, or one was more notably frightening.
Do you have a better explanation?
Share it with us, will you?
See you then.