Have you every read the account of Legion, Jesus and the Pigs in Luke 8:26-33 and just felt totally baffled? It's a crazy passage and it doesn't make much sense, even with a Bible college education. Sometimes we need some help in getting the proper context to make correct interpretations and some contextual information just may not be found in the Bible.
What if I told you that the book of Enoch states that demons were the disembodied spirits of the giants washed away in the flood? This scares some Christians in that we are referencing a source outside of the canon of scripture, but what most Christians don't realize is that scripture quotes from many outside sources, especially from a book called Enoch.
Jude the brother of Jesus liked Enoch so much he quoted from him in his epistle. Peter also quotes from Enoch, almost word for word in one chapter. Evidently there is some weight to be placed upon Enoch and all Second Century Temple Literature. Maybe These works are not considered canon, but couldn't they provide some historical context as to what Jewish people of that day believed? Instead of teaching the Greek thought, or the late Jewish theory of demons being fallen angels, shouldn't we try to figure out what the Jews of Jesus day were thinking?
They most likely believed as it was written in the book of Enoch (and all the rabbinical writings of the day seem to agree), that 10% of the giant spirits were allowed to escape the flood of Noah. Being disembodied spirits that have no habitation, their need for human possession starts to makes sense. Frankly, I don't know if Enoch is true on this or not, but demons were thought to be spirits that belonged to the arch enemies of the Hebrews, the giants. If we use their worldview, this passage does become clearer.
The ministry of Jesus incited a ton of spiritual activity, but why? I think it is related to the location of His ministry that was primarily in the North around Mt. Hermon and the Sea of Galilee. This is the location, in the Old Testament, of the northern campaign of Joshua. It seems when Jesus refers to cleaning out the house of Israel (Luke 14), it parallels the times of Joshua who cleared the giants out of The Promised Land. You see Joshua and Jesus both mean savior, and both sought to save the land, one physically and one spiritually.
Now if this is true, we have giants AGAIN occupying The Promise Land (albeit in a different form) trying to stop Jesus like they did when the Canaanites opposed Joshua.
Another interesting tie in is found in Luke 11:
“14 When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
Notice that demons have a strong aversion to water (14). I wonder why . . .
So, what does Jesus do with the legion of demons, the former spirits of the giants in Luke 8? With great irony, He drowns them in water, like their brothers back during Noah's flood.
“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 8:33
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