Wednesday: 4th July, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 8:28-34

Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

In what could be described as a display of courage, there was an incident in France where someone scaled a four story apartment complex to save a child hanging by their finger tips. Updates on this news show the French government having proceeded to fulfilling their two fold promise of employment and citizenship to the ‘good samaritan’ as a show of their appreciation.

There are a number of focal points in today’s text: the two possessed men and their interaction with Jesus, or what happens to the herd of swine. However, what catches my attention most is the attitude of the towns folk. After gaining access to a part of their city where they were unable to tread out of fear, I would have expected rejoicing and gratitude. Instead, they besought Jesus to leave their coasts. And my question is why?

By juxtaposing this text with the account of the woman at the well recorded in John 4:7ff, we see clear distinctions and differences. The reactions of both cities mentioned were dependent on the testimonies of individuals and even though both testimonies were an account of what had happened, their outcomes were at opposite ends of the spectrum.

By putting the cities of Gadara and Samaria side by side, we see one city that beseeches Jesus to leave and the Samaritans who asked him to stay: “So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days”(John 4:40).

My dear, you cannot under estimate the power of witnessing and the manner in which it is done. We may see some things as unimportant, but the manner and content of our words and actions could very easily define the course of action, not just of individuals, but of an entire generation.

Remember # mind your language- what you say and how you say it.


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