“When he saw Jesus,
The demoniac cried out.
He fell down
At the top of his voice,
‘What have you
To do with me?
Son of the Most-High God!
I beg you!
Do not torment me!’”
ἰδὼν δὲ τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἀνακράξας προσέπεσεν αὐτῷ καὶ φωνῇ μεγάλῃ εἶπεν Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, Ἰησοῦ Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου; δέομαί σου, μή με βασανίσῃς.
Luke said that when this possessed man saw Jesus (ἰδὼν δὲ τὸν Ἰησοῦν), he cried out (ἀνακράξας). He fell down before him (προσέπεσεν αὐτῷ). He shouted at the top of his loud voice (καὶ φωνῇ μεγάλῃ εἶπεν). He wanted to know what Jesus had to do with him (Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί). He called Jesus (Ἰησοῦ) the Son of the Most-High God (Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου). He begged Jesus (δέομαί σου) not to torment him (μή με βασανίσῃς). All three synoptic gospels, Matthew, chapter 8:29, Mark, chapter 5:6-7, and Luke here, have this demoniac speak to Jesus in somewhat similar words. Matthew had 2 demoniacs, but Mark and Luke had only one, and are closer to each other in this incident. Mark said that when this demoniac saw Jesus from a distance, he bowed down before him and worshipped him. He cried or shouted out with a loud voice. He wanted to know why Jesus had anything to do with him. Then he called Jesus, the Son of God the Most-High. He asked, swearing by God, that Jesus not torment him. Matthew had these 2 demoniacs speak to Jesus in somewhat similar words. They cried or shouted out. They wanted to know why the Son of God had come to torment them, since the time of the final judgment day had not yet arrived. All three gospel writers have the demonic person or persons recognize that Jesus was the Son of God, not just another faith healer. They maintained that the time of their torment or the end times had not yet arrived. Thus, these evil spirits were able to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, just as they had earlier in Mark. Can evil people speak the truth at times?
“But a woman,
Whose little daughter
Had an unclean spirit,
Heard about him.
She bowed down
At the feet
ἀλλ’ εὐθὺς ἀκούσασα γυνὴ περὶ αὐτοῦ, ἧς εἶχεν τὸ θυγάτριον αὐτῆς πνεῦμα ἀκάθαρτον, ἐλθοῦσα προσέπεσεν πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ·
Matthew, chapter 15:25, has something similar. Mark did not initially identify this woman. However, Mark said that a woman immediately heard about Jesus (ἀλλ’ εὐθὺς ἀκούσασα γυνὴ περὶ αὐτοῦ). She had a little daughter with an unclean spirit, possessed by a demon (ἧς εἶχεν τὸ θυγάτριον αὐτῆς πνεῦμα ἀκάθαρτον). She was not asking for a cure for herself, but for her daughter. She came and bowed down before Jesus in worship at his feet (ἐλθοῦσα προσέπεσεν πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ).
“When this demoniac
From a distance,
And bowed down
At the top of his voice.
‘What have you to do
Son of the Most High God!
I adjure you
Do not torment me!’”
καὶ ἰδὼν τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἀπὸ μακρόθεν ἔδραμεν καὶ προσεκύνησεν αὐτόν,
καὶ κράξας φωνῇ μεγάλῃ λέγει Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, Ἰησοῦ Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου; ὁρκίζω σε τὸν Θεόν, μή με βασανίσῃς.
All three synoptic gospels, Matthew, chapter 8:29 and Luke, chapter 8;28, and Mark here, have this demoniac speak to Jesus in somewhat similar words. Matthew had 2 demoniacs, but Mark and Luke had only one and are closer to each other in this incident. Mark said that when this demoniac saw Jesus from a distance (καὶ ἰδὼν τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἀπὸ μακρόθεν), he bowed down before him and worshipped him (καὶ προσεκύνησεν αὐτόν). He cried or shouted out with a loud voice (καὶ κράξας φωνῇ μεγάλῃ). He wanted to know why Jesus had anything to do with him (λέγει Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί). Then he called Jesus, the Son of God the Most High (Ἰησοῦ Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ Ὑψίστου). He asked, swearing by God, that Jesus not torment them (ὁρκίζω σε τὸν Θεόν, μή με βασανίσῃς). All three gospel writers have the demonic person or persons recognize that Jesus was the Son of God, not just another faith healer. Thus, the evil spirits were able to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, as earlier in Mark, chapter 1:23 and 3:11.
“The carpenter also makes a god.
He worships it.
He makes this carved image.
He bows down before it.
He burns half of it in the fire.
Over this half,
He roasts meat.
He eats it.
He is satisfied.
He also warms himself.
I am warm!
I can feel the fire!’
He makes the rest of it
Into a god,
He bows down to it.
He worships it.
He prays to it.
You are my god!’”
Second Isaiah has this carpenter carve a god out of his wood and then worship it. He takes this carved image and bows down to it. With the left over wood he starts a fire, so that he was able to cook a piece of meat that he ate with great satisfaction. This fire also kept him warm. However, the rest of this wood was used to make his idol god. After he had completed his carving, he bowed down to it, worshipped it, and prayed to it. He said that his carved idol was his god, so that he wanted this own carved idol to save him. In other words, he made a god to save him.
“You have forsaken
The ways of your people!
O house of Jacob!
You are full of diviners
From the east.
You are full of soothsayers
Like the Philistines.
They clasp hands with foreigners.
Their land is filled with silver.
Their land is filled with gold.
There is no end
To their treasures.
Their land is filled with horses.
There is no end to their chariots.
Their land is filled with idols.
They bow down
To the work of their hands.
They bow down
To what their own fingers have made.”
Isaiah speaks out strongly against idol worship that must have been common among the house of Jacob in eight century BCE. The Israelites have forsaken the ways of their people since they had a lot of eastern diviners, like priestly prophets who foretold the future in the name of some god, roughly the equivalent of a Yahweh prophet among the non-Israelites. There were also the fortune tellers or soothsayers from Philistine, from along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. There must have been some kind of magic handshake with foreigners that was also forbidden. Why were they doing this? Their land was full of silver, gold, many treasures, horses, and chariots. What else did they want? Despite all this, they still bowed down in worship to the idol gods that they had made with their own hands and fingers. Why were they worshiping these false idol statutes that they themselves had made?
“Then Simon came down.
He raised his hands
Over the whole congregation
The blessing of the Lord
With his lips.
He gave glory in his name.
They bowed down
A second time.
From the Most High.”
The high priest Simon then came down and raised his hands over the whole congregation of Israelites. He then pronounced the blessings of the Lord with his lips, as he gave glory to the name of the Lord, Yahweh. This Day of Atonement was one of the few times that the high priest was able to say the name of the Lord, Yahweh, although it is not explicitly stated here. They all bowed down in worship a second time in order to receive the blessing of the Most High God.
“Yahweh executes justice for the oppressed.
Yahweh gives food to the hungry.
Yahweh sets the prisoners free.
Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind.
Yahweh lifts up those who are bowed down.
Yahweh loves the righteous.
Yahweh watches over the strangers.
Yahweh upholds the orphan and the widow.
Yahweh brings to ruin the way of the wicked.”
Yahweh makes sure that there is justice for the oppressed. He gives food to the hungry. He sets prisoners free. He opens the eyes of the blind. He lifts up those who are bowed down. He loves the righteous. He watches over strangers. He helps orphans. He holds up widows. However, he brings to ruin those who are pursuing wicked ways.
Yahweh is faithful in all his words.
He is gracious in all his deeds.
Yahweh upholds all who are falling.
He raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you.
You give them their food in due season.
You open your hand.
You satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Yahweh is just in all his ways.
He is kind in all his doings.
Yahweh is near to all who call upon him.
He is near to all who call upon him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him.
He also hears their cry.
He saves them.
Yahweh watches over all who love him.
But he will destroy all the wicked.”
Yahweh is faithful in his words and gracious in his deeds. He holds up all who are falling. He raises up those bowed down. He gives them food in due season. He opens his hand to fulfill desires. Yahweh is just in his ways and kind in his actions. He is near to those who truthfully call upon him. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him. He can hear their cry and save them. He watches over all those who love him. However, he will destroy the wicked. The next 8 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.
“They set a net for my steps.
My soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path.
However, they have fallen into it themselves.”
These enemies or lions have set a net to catch David. His soul was bowed down. After his enemies built a pit to trap him on his path, they and not David fell into the pit that they had built for him. This then has a musical interlude meditative pause at this point in the psalm, Selah..