International Sunday School Lesson
For Week Ending October 11, 2009
For Week Ending October 11, 2009
Purpose: To emphasize the importance of recognizing and being a witness to what God has done for us.
Scripture Text: Mark 5:1-13, 18-20 (NRSV)
Mark 5:1-13, 18-20
(1)They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. (2) And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. (3) He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; (4) for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him.
(5) Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. (6) When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; (7) and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ (8) For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ (9) Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ (10) He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. (11) Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; (12) and the unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ (13) So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.
(18)As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. (19) But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ (20) And he went away and began to proclaim in the
My Thoughts by Burgess Walter
Today's lesson offers many different possibilities for teaching, but I am choosing to take a selfish one, and I am dedicating this lesson to a friend Walter Smith and his wife Edna Anne (Eddie) Smith, who just succumbed to a dreaded demon we call cancer on October 3, 2009.
There are many things to glean from this passage, but let's look at the very last verse (20) “And he went away and began proclaiming in the
Walter Smith and I grew up in the same rural area of
Eddie grew up in a missionary family and was called to the mission field as a young girl when she heard the story of the five missionaries that were martyred in
As you read the story, it is almost heart breaking when Jesus tells this young man he can not come with them and proclaim the message in Galilee and Judea, but rather he should go and tell his story of how Jesus worked a miracle in his life, to the Gentiles of the
I recall when Walter was first in college he would visit other churches and put on his magic show and work into the message, how “Jesus had changed his life.” I am sure there were times when he thought he might become a Minister to a nice church in our area, but God called him and his wife “Eddie” to go across the sea and minister in a land that did not know much, if anything about Jesus. Walter and Eddie served on the mission field in
About a year ago Eddie realized a former problem had returned and she knew there was a good possibility she would have to give up the work that meant so much to her in
Eddie and Walter lived the lesson that our text teaches, we are called to share the message where we can and God knows the best place for each of us to serve.
If any of you would like to help in a worth while ministry, you can do the following:
Memorials for Eddie may be sent to: Walter C. Smith, Missionary to
Help train Nigerians to preach the Word and to build the