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Why Kill The Pigs

When Jesus removed the demons out of a possessed man, why did he send the demons in to the pigs and then kill the pigs. Those pigs belonged to people who livey hood dependend on them. Why didn't he just send them out in to eternity like he did at other times

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 ---kathy on 8/5/06
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Kathy, ALL creation belongs to God and he can do with it as he wills, period end of discussion.

Read Job 41 and 42 for a great example of God's reaction to such inquiries.
Its eye opening.

God bless.
---larry on 2/16/11

There were times that Jesus seemed to use His power in a very visible way so that those who observed, could more easily believe in His power to perform invisible works.

Healing the palsied man is a case in point.
Mat 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, [invisible](then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house [visible].

Jesus could have sent the evil spirits away with a simple command, but some might still have had doubts. After seeing the pigs take on the evil spirits to the point that they ran over a cliff, observers would have a hard time denying Jesus' control over demonic forces.
---Donna66 on 2/16/11

Who said that the swine were actually owned by Jews? There were goyim in that area, too.

strangers allowed by the chosen to inhabit land given to them by God to peddle what was forbidden. whether the merchants were goyim or Jews, they were most likely selling to anybody who would buy.
---aka on 2/15/11

To put this delicately, Swine or hogs are very fecal creatures, and so Jesus casting out Legion into 2,000 of them and which the 2,000 became crazed and driven to their deaths into the sea was a good thing, not bad. And the main point is that the naked and demon-possessed man was now cleansed and was clothed and given back his right mind.
---Eloy on 2/15/11

\\exactly. unkosher in a land of kosher... that was the livlihood of the local jews.\\

Who said that the swine were actually owned by Jews? There were goyim in that area, too.
---Cluny on 2/15/11

//Those pigs belonged to people who livey hood dependend on them.//

exactly. unkosher in a land of kosher... that was the livlihood of the local jews. see the irony? kills two with one. jesus is the livelihood.

also, the story closely told in matt, mark, and luke provide witness and validity. witness to the power of jesus and validity to the parts of those books that are not synoptic.
---aka on 2/14/11

Context starts as Jesus tells disciple to FOLLOW Him and let the dead bury their own dead, aka IGNORE DISTRACTIONS!
Afterwards a storm threatened to bury Jesus/FOLLOWERS in the watery ABYSS sea. Jesus rebuked the disciples for allowing a storm to distract their gaze from His command to go to the other side with Him
Next a man who lived among GRAVES had demons trying to distract Jesus from casting them out.
Symbollically Jesus, who knew pigs eat anything, allowed demons to enter swine. Pigs ran down to a WATERY GRAVE. Instead of FOLLOWING Jesus, outward distraction caused locals to send Jesus away.
DUNKED PIGS may prophetically allude to GENTILES' Baptism into death.
---Legends on 2/14/11

Ugh, who'd want to eat a demon-infested pig anyway?
---Nancy on 12/7/07

Jesus was following his own statement in Matthew 5:17. He was fulfilling the Law. So he cast pigs down.
---Roman_Sverdlov on 8/18/06

The area where the pig hearders were was Gaderea part of Decapolis. Most likely they were Greeks and possibly not Jewish at all, taking the question of Jews raising swine out of the equation. Are there still some here that don't read previous remarks to see if their entry will repeat what others have already shared, repeat what others have already shared, repeat what.....?
---mikefl on 8/13/06

notlaw99 - like your Jewish pig farmer, we had a Seventh Day Adventist neighbor in Iowa who raised pigs. And similar to raising pigs, we had church of the Nazarene farmers who grow tobacco where we lived in Maryland. Money often overrules religious convictions.
---lee on 8/10/06

**in the book of Leviticus pork was declared unclean and not to be eaten by man,**

Actually, it says, "They [swine and such] are unclean FOR YOU." In Jewish thought it was never considered a prohibition Gentiles were bound to, nor is it something the Council of Jerusalem considered needful for Gentile converts to Christianity.

Acts 15 is basically a restatement of the "Law of the Sons of Noah."
---Jack on 8/7/06

Not sure where you're going, Mima. It seems like almost EVERYBODY sells crucifixes and crosses (made of Olive wood) to Christian tourists. I don't recall seeing orthodox (as in hats and long side curls) selling them. Lots of Jews there besides orthodox...some reformed Jews, very many Jews by heritage only.
---Donna2277 on 8/7/06

mima, I have no idea what type of trinkets are being hawked to tourist in Jerusalem.

What does that question have to do with this topic? But it could be related to the following:

I used to know a Jewish acquaintance who had a large feeder pig operation located west of Omaha, Nebraska. When we was asked why he raised pigs he answered, "You Christians still like Barbecued Pork and Business is Business."
---notlaw99 on 8/7/06

Because Jesus said, "I'm Jewish, I don't care for pork, so off you go." LOL I actually heard that from a preacher. eve and others are correct, in the book of Leviticus pork was declared unclean and not to be eaten by man, so Jesus probably figured, "let them go." I doubt he would have casted them into Cows or something we are allowed to eat.
---Donna9759 on 8/7/06

My question to Donna and outlaw would be this. Do the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem today sell crucifixes to the Catholics and Christians who visit that city?
---mima on 8/7/06

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The jews would not be raising swine. These people were not Jews, they were Gadarenes who live on the east side of Galilee. The Jews lived on the north and west of the Sea of Galilee.
---Donna2277 on 8/6/06

As others have mentioned Jews don't raise swine, the were like a wild undomesticated herd; no one lost income because of their loss.
---notlaw99 on 8/6/06

The pigs are unclean animals that disposed of waste as scavenger animals do. They weren't/aren't meant for human consumption.
---eve on 8/6/06

This, I admit, is a strange story, only Jesus didn't kill the pigs. The demons did.

Don't forget that in swine were ritually unclean for the Jews. If this were a Jewish village (and considering the location, it's debatable) they had no business raising them.
---Jack on 8/6/06

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The pig was an unclean animal to the Jew. What purpouse did they have in raising pigs, they weren't suspose to eat them. Would it be right if you worked in a bar for your livey hood being a Christian? Jesus did not kill the pigs, the demons did.
---Rev_Herb on 8/6/06

Read Deuteronomy 32:3 and 4.
---emg on 8/6/06

I believe Jesus knew what would happen. I think that He wanted to show us and the people there, how powerful demons could be. He had the power over the demons too which made an awesome statement. It reminds me that we should hold God in awe. The killing of pigs was a tool by satan that took the focus off of the healed men and instilled fear into the town people. But the man became a witness and through him Jesus amazed his family.
---Amy9384 on 8/6/06

Jesus didn't kill the pigs. The Demons begged Jesus NOT to send them into the Abyss. They ASKED to go into the pigs. Jesus allowed this, but as soon as they entered the pigs, the whole herd rushed into the Galilee and drowned. Read Luke 8:28-33
---Donna2277 on 8/5/06

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Please re-read Mat.8:28-34. 1st, the demons posessed men. They asked Jesus if He was there to "torment us before the time?" Then begged Him to send them into the swine. God is a mercyful God, even to demons. NOTE here that the pigs ran to their deaths. Jesus did not kill them. Unlike men, even pigs don't want to live with the devil in 'em... As for the lives, it was important that the keepers see evidence of demon removal to be witnesses for God to other people.
---mikefl on 8/5/06

Lord Jesus Christ with born and lived under the law. Under the old Jewish law the pig is an unclean animal. The owners of these pigs may have been Jewish. Is this a wild answer? I cannot say what I once heard this question answered in this way.
---mima on 8/5/06

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