1 “I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; I appeared to those who did not look for me. I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’ to a nation that did not invoke my name. 2 I spread out my hands all day long to my rebellious people, who lived in a way that is morally unacceptable and who did what they desired. 3 These people continually and blatantly offend me as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards and burn incense on brick altars. 4 They sit among the tombs and keep watch all night long. They eat pork and broth from unclean sacrificial meat is in their pans. 5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself! Don’t get near me, for I am holier than you!’ These people are like smoke in my nostrils, like a fire that keeps burning all day long. 6 Look, I have decreed: I will not keep silent, but will pay them back; I will pay them back exactly what they deserve,
1 So they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 Just as Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came from the tombs and met him. 3 He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, but he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. 7 Then he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God—do not torment me!” 8 (For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) 9 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 He begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of the region. 11 There on the hillside, a great herd of pigs was feeding.
Notes and References
"... According to the cross references to other biblical passages listed in the footnotes of the UBSGNT for Mark 5, we do not find any mention of the book of Isaiah. And yet for this section of the 'three wondrous signs' (Mark 4:35 - 5:43), there is an important allusion to Trito-lsaiah in the story of the healing of the Gerasene demoniac (Mark S:1-20). More than twenty-five years ago, H. Sahlin suggested that this story contained a historical nucleus - the curing of a possessed man to which details have been added to bring out the religious meaning. He maintains that the original narrative has been rebuilt with elements from the text of Isaiah 65. One example given by Sahlin is the opening verse in Isa 65:1, 'I was ready to be approached by those who did not consult me, ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, I am here, I am here,' to a nation that did not invoke my name' (Jerusalem Bible). This text originally was intended as a reproach against the Jews as the note in the Jerusalem Bible at Isa 65:1 indicates. But Sahlin points out how well this verse has a thematic link with Mark 5:1 where Jesus travels to the other side (etç Tò Tépav) of the lake. This is the first time in Mark that Jesus is in the territory of the gentiles-among a people who have not been calling upon God's name. When Jesus arrives in this region, it is as though he [God's envoy] were saying: 'I am here!' ..."
Schneck, Richard Isaiah in the Gospel of Mark I-VIII (pp. 137-145) BIBAL Press, 1994
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