Mark 5:1and 2: All societies have social outcasts. People that are viewed as without value. But everyone is made in the image of God and precious in God’s sight (Genesis 1:26 and 27).
Mark 5:3 and 4: Society has no real answers for those whose lifestyle is self-destructive. They can identify the problem, but they have no cure.
Mark 5:5: Society settles for putting the problem out of sight and thus out of mind.
Mark 5:6 and 7: The Maniac (Legion) had a real spiritual hunger born of a real spiritual need. What he desperately needed was not more torment. He needed Christ. Christ is what those that are struggling with their own demons need.
Mark 5:8: Only Christ can transform those trapped and blinded by Satan (Romans 12:2 and Ephesians 4:23 and 24). All the isolation and torment did nothing for this man. He needed Christ.
Mark 5:9: He had many demons. Rarely do we have to deal with only one demon or problem. One demon produces more (James 5:20).
Mark 5:10-14: All the demons had to be dealt with (cast out).
Mark 5:15-17: Legions transformation came at a cost (an entire herd of swine). Many profit off of sin. They don’t want anyone transformed. Transforming lives is always a battle.
Mark 5:18: He had a brand-new life, and he wanted to hold on to it tightly.
Mark 5:19 and 20: Those that are transformed by Christ, should tell it to any and all who will listen (like Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-8).
Don’t make outcasts of anyone. Make believers instead. Only Christ can transform.