We read in Matthew 8:28-34 about a man that was cured of his demons and how Jesus Transformed/transferred/chased the demons from this man’s body/life into the swine and how these swine got destroyed etc.
As someone who always want to learn and study more, I have many questions:
- Was Jesus Christ still having the teachings of the Old Testament (Leviticus 11:7) in His mind when he consciously sent the demons to inhabit the swine in exchange for the freedom of the delivered?
- Why did Jesus Christ chose to use the swine as the mode of transportation to the now displaced demons?
- Why would Jesus Christ “destroy” the Livelihood or Business of someone, knowing that the Pigs/swine belongs to someone?
- Did Jesus Compensate the Owners of these Swine (Pigs)?
The Swine must have been a very BIG Business for their owner(s) that they had to have a large collection of them near the area. Thus it must have been very beneficial and provided the needed income for the Owner(s) to be able to pay their workers etc.
The Pains of losing your Swine
Losing their livestock I guess must have been very hard, so in effect one would be hoping that Jesus Christ must have had a word with the owner of the farm/swine and found ways to “miraculously” compensate them.
Nonetheless, it would be a great discuss to know the thoughts of present day Christians on this. The destructions of Businesses and the Redemption of souls.
How would present day Christian Businessman/woman react to such situations?
If Jesus Christ is living in our present day and your business/good are required to set someone free, how would you react?
Would you be a willing tool to the freedom and liberation of someone else?
This is what Smith’s Bible Dictionary has to say about Swine.
“Swine [N] [T] [E]
(Heb. chazir). The flesh of swine was forbidden as food by the Levitical law, (Leviticus 11:7; 14:8) the abhorrence which the Jews as a nation had of it may be inferred from (Isaiah 65:4) and 2 Maccabees 6:18, 19. No other reason for the command to abstain from swine’s flesh is given in the law of Moses beyond the general one which forbade any of the mammalia as food which did not literally fulfil the terms of the definition of a clean animal” viz, that it was to be a cloven-footed ruminant. It is, however, probable that dietetical considerations may have influenced Moses in his prohibition of swine’s flesh: it is generally believed that its use in hot countries is liable to induce cutaneous disorders; hence in a people liable to leprosy the necessity for the observance of a strict rule.
Although the Jews did not breed swine during the greater period of their existence as a nation there can be little doubt that the heathen nations of Palestine used the flesh as food. At the time of our Lords ministry it would appear that the Jews occasionally violated the Law of Moses with regard to swine’s flesh. Whether “the herd of swine” into which the devils were allowed to enter, (Matthew 8:32; Mark 5:13) were the property of the Jewish or of the Gentile inhabitants of Gadara does not appear from the sacred narrative. The wild boar of the wood, (Psalms 80:13) is the common Sus scrofa which is frequently met with in the woody parts of Palestine, especially in Mount Tabor.”