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Sometimes it feels to us that the devil has the upper hand in the world, but Jesus reminds us that He has power over the demons.

BibleGateway: Mark 5:1-20

ESV Text: Mark 5:1-20

KJV Text:

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     1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 575 :
Before the Lord We Bow
— Organ Audio

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1. Before the Lord we bow, 
The God who reigns above 
And rules the world below 
In boundless pow’r and love. 
Our thanks we bring, 
In joy and praise 
Our hearts we raise 
To heav’n’s high King. 

2. The nation Thou hast blest 
May well Thy love declare, 
From foes and fears at rest, 
Protected by Thy care. 
For this fair land, 
For this bright day, 
Our thanks we pay– 
Gifts of Thy hand. 

3. May ev’ry mountain height, 
Each vale and forest green, 
Shine in Thy Word’s pure light 
And its rich fruits be seen! 
May ev’ry tongue 
Be tuned to praise 
And join to raise 
A grateful song! 

4. Earth, hear thy Maker’s voice, 
Thy great Redeemer own; 
Believe, obey, rejoice, 
And worship Him alone. 
Cast down thy pride, 
Thy sin deplore, 
And bow before 
The Crucified. 

5. And when in power He comes, 
Oh, may our native land 
From all its rending tombs 
Send forth a glorious band, 
A countless throng, 
For aye to sing 
To heaven’s high King 
Salvation’s song! 

Hymn: LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness