"PEACE, BE STILL"
Matthew viii: 18 to 34; Mark iv: 35, to v: 21; Luke viii: 22 to 40.
HEN the evening came, after teaching all day by the sea and
in the house, Jesus saw that the crowds of people were
still pressing around him, and there was no time for
him to rest. Jesus said, "Let us go over to the other
side of the lake."
So they took Jesus into the boat, and began to row
across the Sea of Galilee. Other little boats were with
them, for many wished to go with Jesus. While they were
rowing, Jesus fell asleep, resting on a cushion of the
boat. Suddenly a storm arose, and drove great waves of
water into the boat, so that it was in danger of
sinking, but Jesus slept on. The disciples awoke him,
saying, "Master, Master, we are lost! Help us, or we
JESUS ASLEEP IN THE BOAT
Jesus awaked, and rose up, and looked out upon the sea.
He said to the waves, "Peace, be still!"
And at once the wind ceased, the waves were quiet, and
there was a great calm. Jesus said to his disciples,
"Why are you afraid? How is it that you have so little
faith in me?"
They all wondered at Jesus' power, and said to each
other, "Who is this man whom even the winds and the sea
They came to the land on the eastern side of the lake,
which was sometimes called "the country of the
Gadarenes," from the people who lived in the large city
of Gardara, which was not far away, and sometimes
"Decapolis." As they were landing a man came running
down to meet them. He was one of those poor men in
whose body evil spirits were living. He would not stay
in any house, but slept in the graveyard among the
dead. Nor did he wear any clothes. They had often
chained him, but he had broken loose from his chains,
and no one was able to bind him.
When this man saw Jesus afar off he ran towards him,
 down on his face before him. Jesus saw what was the
trouble with this man, and he spoke to the evil spirit
in him, "Come out of this man, vile spirit of evil!"
The spirit within the man cried with a loud voice,
"What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the
Most High God? I call upon thee in the name of the
Lord, do not make me to suffer!"
Jesus saw that this man was troubled more even than
most men who had evil spirits in them. He said to the
evil one, "What is your name?"
And the spirit said, "My name is Legion, because there
are many of us." "A legion" was a name given to an army;
and in this man was a whole army of evil spirits. There
was on the mountain side a great drove of hogs feeding.
The Jews were not allowed to keep hogs, nor to eat
their flesh; and the evil spirits said to Jesus, "If we
must leave this man, will you let us go into the drove
Jesus gave them leave; and the evil spirits went out of
the man, and went into the hogs. The whole drove, two
thousand in number, became at once wild. They rushed
down a steep place on the mountain, and into the sea,
and were all drowned.
The men who kept the hogs ran into the city near by,
and told all the people how the man had been made well,
and what had come to the drove of hogs, how they had
been drowned. They saw the man who had been filled with
evil spirits, now sitting at the feet of
 Jesus, no longer naked, but clothed, and in his right
mind. But they did not think of what Jesus had done to
this man; they thought only of the hogs that they had
lost; and they begged Jesus to go away from their land.
Jesus turned away from these people, and went again to
the boat on the shore; and then the man who had been
set free from the evil spirits pleaded with Jesus that
he might go with him. But Jesus would not take him into
the boat. He said:
"Go home to your friends, and tell them how the Lord
has had mercy on you, and has done great things for
The man went home and told all the people in the land
of Decapolis the great things that Jesus had done for
And Jesus went on board the boat, and crossed over the
lake, and came again to his own city of Capernaum.