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Why did Jesus ask the name of the demon in Mark 5:9?


Mark 5:9

ESV - 9 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many.

Clarify Share Report Asked December 03 2018 Mini Adewale Ademola

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that Jesus did not ask this question out of ignorance, but for the sake of His followers who were accompanying Him (and who would similarly contend with demonic forces following His departure from the earth (Mark 16:17)) from the standpoint of making clear to them the strength of the spiritual enemies with which they would be dealing, and providing a witness to them of the even greater power that He possessed (and that they would possess in His name) in casting out or defeating those enemies.

December 04 2018 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
To the evildoer, anonymity is always preferable to identification. --Robert L. (Bob) Deffinbaugh, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, my alma mater.

They were ashamed of their activities, most probably. I know that I feel shame after doing something evil. They probably did, too.

But Jesus asked their identity to expose their evil. To expose to others the evil source of this man's misbehavior.

August 21 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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