You Are Not Wanted Here!                   

             "Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.” 

                                                                                 Mark 5:17 (NKJV)


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     When God had finished the creating of all things that now exist, He stood back, looked upon it and said, “It is very good.” That was a happy day. Then God rested.

     Later, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and were expelled from the Garden, God must have been not only angry, but very sad. It was also the saddest day in the lives of Adam and Eve.

     Eventually, God approached Noah and his family and informed them that since the entire world had become corrupt, He was going to destroy it with a huge flood. As Noah built the Ark, he preached for 120 years giving others the opportunity to repent and follow him and his family into the ark. When the door was finally slammed shut, that had to be a sad day for Noah to see all the world washed away because the people had refused to listen. 

     Abraham had an angelic visitation informing him that Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be wiped form the face of the earth by fire because of their sins. Abraham pled for them, but not enough righteous ones were found. This was a sad day for Abraham, as he wanted to see them saved, but they would not listen.

     Perhaps the saddest verse in all of scripture is in Mark 5, referenced above. Jesus had just crossed the lake into the country of the Gadarenes. Here encountered a man who was demon possessed. When He had commanded them to depart from the man, they asked to enter into a herd of swine, which Christ allowed. The swine feeders fled and told others what had happened. When they returned they asked Jesus to go away.

     A poet has expressed it thus, “His hands were full of golden gifts”. He caused the blind to see, the lame to walk, scattering miracles among the inhabitants of the land. He was willing to do more than this, to continue His acts of love — but they asked Him to leave. Because they had lost their means of existence — swine which are scavengers, therefore unclean — they did not want Jesus’ miracles to go any further.

     There are those today who feel the same as the Gadarenes when a work of grace affects their means of support. They oppose the spreading of Christianity because it interferes with their progress. When Satan is hindered some places are less frequented and business drops off.

     I am old enough that I remember when most businesses were closed on Sunday. Sometimes I wonder how many businesses would now be closed on Sunday if Christians had not patronized those first businesses who dared to open on Sunday. In those days the Christian spirit reigned in America, because Christians had gumption and back-bone. I well remember once in my early working years my employer asked me if I would work on Sunday. My reply was not antagonistic, but simply, “I would prefer not”. The response was, “Very good. We will respect your wishes.” I was never required to work on Sunday.

     Unfortunately when Christ interferes with our hopes and cherished plans, we are apt to ask Him to depart. Jesus did not remain when those apprehensive people asked him to go. He carried his “golden gifts” back across the lake. We can sing with the song writer – 

                                       “Thou the Spring of all my comfort,

                                                   More than life to me;

                                          Whom have I on earth beside Thee?

                                                 Whom in heav'n but Thee?”

                                                        >Fanny J. Crosby<

    Just a thought across the Garden Gate by Don Brown



Updated Feb 4, 2012
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