16 Calming the Storm and Driving Demons into Pigs

Dr. Doug Bookman

A. Jesus Stills a Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 and Luke 8:22-25

Notes: This miracle occurred late on the same day as the “unpardonable sin” and the teaching of the Kingdom parables (Mark 4:35).

B. Jesus Delivers a Demon-Possessed Gadarene

Scripture: Mark 5:1-20 and Mark 8:28-34

Notes: As the boat carrying the apostles and Jesus arrived on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus encountered this Gadarene man, delivered him of his demon possession.

Questions/Observations: There is a perceived contradiction between Mark’s geographic reference (the country of the Gadarenes) and that of Matthew (country of the Gergesenes). Can you propose a way to reconcile these accounts?

Adapted from the Life of Christ study notes of Dr. Doug Bookman, professor of New Testament Exposition at Shepherds Theological Seminary (used by permission).