It Is a Miserable Life

He had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.
- MARK 5:3-5

Have you ever wondered what the day-by-day life of a demon is like? We often read the story of the demoniac in Mark 5 and relate it to the demons’ recognition of Jesus, the miraculous deliverance, or the hardhearted people who would rather have illegal pigs than Jesus. However, something else can be gleaned from the story: insight into the life of a demon. They were many and therefore “strong,” yet they were confined to living in tombs among the dead.

They did not have a dwelling place among the living. Also, we learn that day and night they cry and gash themselves. Obviously, they are in constant pain. Somewhat like a fish out of water, they were made for heaven but chose a pit; they hate the pit and yet now it is all they are suited for. Therefore, they surface into an environment (earth) held together by Jesus, which makes the whole world hostile to them. How can earth be comfortable for a demon? This is why we find them among the rocks, where there is less of creation, less of Jesus, to witness to them. Why would they choose to be here? Suffering on earth, with their sworn enemy, Jesus, is better than being with their leader in hell.

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