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Why was the Sea of Galilee considered a place for demons?

The Abyss is not the Sea of Galilee

The story of the Demoniac is mentioned in the gospel of Luke chapter eight. The Bible doesn’t say that the Sea of Galilee was a place for demons but only that the demons asked Christ not to send them to the Abyss. Instead they asked that they may enter into the herd of swine which was grazing around the area. Then, when the Lord gave the demons a permission, the demons led the swine into the sea of Galilee and the herd perished.

“And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned” (Luke 8:31-33).

The “abyss” or abussos in the Greek language seems to imply a place of separation and isolation from other beings with the impossibility to escape from that place. It is similar to a man in death or locked alone in some kind of a prison or dungeon. The Abyss was a different place than the sea of Galilee.

The devil’s plan

It was Satan’s aim to turn the inhabitants of that area against Jesus Christ by making it appear that He was the cause for the destruction of their swine herd. The immediate outcome seemed to validate the devil’s wicked plan. But the preaching of the delivered man who formerly had been known throughout the region as a demoniac, together with news of the herd that died in the sea to affirm their story, served as nothing else could possibly have done to turn the inhabitants of that area to Savior (Luke 8:39).

In His service,

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