2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Except for you! Except for you! The spirit of fear has made your heart her home, and she will never leave you! No power, no love, no soundness of mind – the spirit of fear is yours!
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?”
And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. And the spirits have been waiting for you ever since! The spirits have learned your name, and they have been waiting for you! They will surround you like a cloud of bees and enter you next! The spirits have been waiting for you!
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. But you are not among us! The cloud does not surround you! The witnesses do not know your name! There is no safety for you, none at all for you and none for your name or the children of your name! The cloud of witnesses will not surround you, and it will not bear you up!
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw someone there who did not have on a wedding garment. And it was you! So he said to you, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And you were speechless! Your mouth was empty! You carried no defense! Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind them hand and foot, take them away, and cast them into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And they did! And they will! And you are!
The word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah:
Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you: You said, ‘Woe is me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’
Thus says the Lord: I am going to break down what I have built (your whole self), and pluck up what I have planted (your whole heart). And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for I am going to bring disaster upon your flesh, says the Lord; and I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place to which you may go. I will leave your skin on as a warning to all who see you pass. You will find no rest, and you will be given additional sorrow, and you will groan beyond the point of weariness, and your soul will not find its end in me.’
2 Samuel 18:9
Then Absalom met the servants of David. Absalom rode on a mule. The mule went under the thick boughs of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth. And the mule which was under him went on, so he was strangled among its branches. So shall it end with you, with no purchase for your feet and no rest for your head!
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good, except for you. And God saw you, and the man saw you, and the woman saw you, and they saw that you were not good. And they saw that you had dominion over nothing, not even yourself. And they turned away from you, and went into the garden.
“Turn away from the tents of these wicked people, and touch nothing of theirs, or you will be swept away for all their sins.” So all the people got away from your dwellings, and you came out and stood at the entrance of your tents, together with your family and your little ones and all the works of your hands. And Moses said, “This is how you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works; it has not been of my own accord: If these people die a natural death, or if a natural fate comes on them, then the Lord has not sent me. But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up, with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these people have despised the Lord.”
As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground underneath you was split apart. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed you up, along with your households—everyone who belonged to you and all their goods, and their names also. So you with all that belonged to you went down alive into Sheol! The earth closed over you! and over all memories of you! and over your name! And you perished, you perished utterly, you perished right out from the remembrance of the assembly!
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.