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intangible motivators

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there came to meet him a man from the city who had intangible motivators (demons). For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the intangible motivator (demon) into the desert. Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many intangible motivators (demons) had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. Luke 8: 26-33
 
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Past demons? Inner demons? These trouble us all. And we hide them from others......Take a look at the AD 30 incident (in bold above) recorded by Luke in his first-century biography of Jesus Christ. It’s a very revealing story, a story which uncovers hidden realities about the people around us – about us also....

(1) The man with these intangible motivators was “from the city” – with all that that implied.
 
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‘Man’s will always acts in accordance with its motivators.’ (Jonathan Edwards, writer and missionary, 1703-1758)
(2) The man’s intangible motivators had moved him to shed his clothing and to live “among the tombs”. He avoided contact with other living people because of his overarching motivators. His sole focus was -- himself.

(3) Despite this, no sooner had Jesus “stepped out on land”, the former city-dweller “came to meet him”. Why would he do that? That’s the last thing that his intangible motivators wanted him to do. Deep inside, they were telling him that Jesus had come to bring “torment” to him. “I beg you, do not torment me.” Yes, don’t have anything to do with Jesus if you have these intangible motivators within. He’ll muck up your desires. But, unexplained, a stronger force compels.

(4) What was the effect of these intangible motivators in this man? The public had to deal with him. The police, the courts and the prison authorities were all involved – then as now. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the intangible motivator (demon) into the desert. The person creates his own “desert” around himself. And a desert, a wilderness, for others as well…. Clearly these restraints didn’t work – they don’t change a person within.

Shortly after this incident, another first-century biographer (Mark) records that the religious people back in Galilee criticized Jesus and his disciples because they were eating without ceremonially washing beforehand, This was regarded as dreadful – they were bringing defilement into themselves. Does defilement come from outside a person - or from inside?

The disciples didn’t want to be unclean. But Jesus taught them to look at things from a different angle. He said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Are these the intangible motivators? Are they the cause of full jails in Jersey, Britain, Europe….?
 
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‘When Jesus saw the invalid lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, 38 years, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John’s AD 90 biography of Jesus)
What are we to do about these intangible motivators in Jersey people? What are you going to do about them within me? Will you put me in jail? Would that help?

Back then to AD 30: “Then people... found the man from whom the intangible motivators (demons) had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid… The Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were strongly motivated by great fear… The man went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.”
 
Richard Syvret

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