Can A Nation Be Demonically Possessed or Oppressed?
In Mark's Gospel, Chapter five, Jesus drove out the "legion" of demons possessing a poor man. Mark's language here is not happenstance. The Jewish people were well aware of the "legions" of Roman soldiers roaming their land. The Roman soldiers were a constant reminder to Jews that they were not in charge of their own country, lives, or destinies. The land promised to the Jews by the one true God was occupied and dominated by powerfully oppressive people who did not worship the one true God. The Jewish people wanted nothing more than to have the Messiah appear and throw the Roman legions out of the Holy Land and establish their sovereignty under God. Mark intends his audience to see this incident with the demoniac as a microcosm of the national crisis.
The demons plead with Jesus not to be "thrown out of the country." Jesus grants their request, but He does cast the demons into a herd of pigs. "Pigs," the most unclean animal for a Jew, would aptly describe the Romans for many Jews of Jesus' day. The demons proceed to drown themselves and the pigs in the sea. For some reason, the demons did to themselves what they feared the most from Jesus. I think Jesus knew that would happen. After all, Jesus came to "set the captives free." Why would He allow the non-human slave drivers any quarter? When the satanic spirits drowned in the sea, sanity returned to the oppressed man, and peace returned to the local community. (Read Mark 5:1-20 for the full account).