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would suffer them to enter into the swine," we are to understand that the demoniacs themselves made this request. And this was certainly very characteristic of a person laboring under insanity When it is said the demons "went out of the man, and entered intc the swine," we are to understand that Jesus transferred the disease, under which the demoniac was laboring, to the swine. That the swine were made mad, is sufficiently evident from the manner in which they acted.
6. "These demons are represented as having been perfectly acquainted with the character of Jesus; but if it was the demoniacs who are represented thus, how is the fact of their understanding the character of Jesus to be accounted for?"
ANSWER. These demoniacs had undoubtedly heard of the fame of Jesus, of his wonderful miracles, and of his power to cure those diseases which were supposed to be produced by demons. Many of them were undoubtedly brought to Jesus by their friends, for the express purpose of having the demons cast out of them. And in all cases when Jesus came where there were any demoniacs, it would be very natural for the people to inform them who he was; and also to tell them of his power to cast out demons. Besides, in many cases, no doubt, these demoniacs had seen Jesus, and understood perfectly well the character which was ascribed to him by his followers. It was, therefore, perfectly natural that they should express themselves precisely in the manner they did, in relation to him. In so doing, they only imitated the example of other diseased persons who were not demoniacs.
In conclusion, we will only remark, that the whole theory of demoniacal agency is contrary to the general teachings of the Bible; inasmuch as that everywhere represents that all of our diseases and afflictions come from God alone. Besides, the very same diseases with which the demoniacs were afflicted prevail at the present day; and no one dreams that they are produced by supernatural agency. On the contrary, they are always ascribed to natural causes.
BIBLE DOCTRINE OF REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS.
Promises to the obedient.
Deut. 28: 1-13. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shalt thou be in the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and fiee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy store-houses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.
Deut. 29 9. Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them. that ye may prosper in all that ye do.
Deut. 30: 15, 16. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Verse 19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
The fear of the Lord prolongeth days.
Prov. 10: 27. Prov. 14 27. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Prov. 19: 23. The fear of the Lord tendeth to life; he that hath it shall abide satisfied.
Prov. 22: 24. By humility and the fear of the Lord, are riches, and honor, and life.
Eccl. 8: 12.
Eccl. 2: 26. knowledge and joy. Ps. 34 8. Verse 22. Ps. 37: 3. Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Ps. 125: 1. They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion which cannot be removed.
It shall be well with them that fear God.
All things work together for good to them that love God.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in him (God).
None that trust in him shall be desolate.
Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
Prov. 35. Isa. 57: 13. He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall inherit the land, and shall possess my holy mountain.
Jer. 17 7, 8. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river.
Ps. 91: 5, 6. Thou (the righteous) shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.
Verse 16. With long life will I satisfy him (the righteous), and show him my salvation. Ps. 34 10. They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Heb. 11 6. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Prov. 39. Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Ps. 1: 1. Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.
Ps. 5: 12. Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor thou wilt compass him as with a shield.
Ps. 58 11. Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Ps. 37 11. The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Verse 16. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
Verse 18. The Lord knoweth the days of the upright; and their inheritance shall be forever.
Verse 19. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Verse 23. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he lelighteth in his way.
Verse 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hands.
Verse 25. I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Verse 27. Depart from evil, and do good, and dwell for evermore.
Verse 34. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land.
Verse 37. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree, and grow like the cedar in Lebanon.
Ps. 92: 12.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the up
Ps. 97: 11. right in heart. Ps. 106: 3. Blessed is he that doeth righteousness at all times. Prov. 19: 1. Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Prov. 11: 18. To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. Verse 19. As righteousness tendeth to life; so he that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death.
Verse 30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.
Verse 31. Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner
Prov. 12 28. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof is no death.
Prov. 14 34. Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Prov. 21: 21. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, findeth life and honor.
Isa. 3 10. Say ye to the righteous, It shall be well with him, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Isa. 32 17. The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
Ezek. 18: 20. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him.
he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Verse 10. The upright shall have good things in possession. Verse 20. A faithful man shall abound with blessings. Job 36: 11. If they (men) obey and serve him (God), they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure.
Lev. 18: 5. Ye shall keep my statutes and my judgments; which if a man do he shall live in them.
Verse 40. Thou shalt keep his statutes, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee.
Ps. 19: 11. In keeping them (the commandments) there is great reward.
Prov. 1 3. Let thine heart keep my commandments, for long life and Deace shall they add to thee.
He that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Walk therein (in the good way); and ye shall find rest for
Prov. 29: 18.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven (i. e., the blessings and privileges of the Gospe dispensation), but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 19 17. If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Luke 11 28. Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. 1 John 2: 17. He that doeth the will of God abideth forever. Matt. 7 24-25. Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock : and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. If a man keep my sayings he shall never see death.
John 8: 51 Job 34 11. The work of a man shall he (God) render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
Ps. 62 12.
Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy for thou renderest unto every man according to his work.
Jer. 17 10. I the Lord search the heart and try the reins; even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Jer. 32 19. Thine eyes are upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give every one according to his ways.
Rom. 2: 6. God will render to every man according to his works. Gal. 6: 8. Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Eph. 6: 8. Whatsoever good things a man doeth, the same shall he
receive of the Lord.
1 Peter 1: 17. God, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every man's work.
Titus 3: 8. These things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men.
James 1: 25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Rom. 2:10. Glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
1 Peter 3: 10, 11, 12. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile : let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.
Gal. 5:22. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.
Ps. 119 165. Great peace have they who love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.
Prov. 3:17. Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Isa. 26 3. Thou (God) wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.
Rom. 8: 6. To be spiritually minded is life and peace.
1 Peter 3: 13. which is good?
Who is he that will harm you, if ye be doers of that
Prov. 3: 1, 2. My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life and peace, shall they add to thee.