The Bible often uses natural things to symbolize spiritual things. Water is used symbolically in that way. The Word of God is compared to water in Ephesians 5:26 says, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water of the Word.” The Spirit of God is also compared to water in various places: a well of water (John 4:14); rain (Joel 2:23, 28; Zechariah 10:1); flood (Isaiah 44:3); and rivers (John 7:37-39).
These days are described prophetically as perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1) and darkness, even gross darkness (Isaiah 60:2). Believers everywhere are seeming to take the “as little as you need to get by approach” when it come to the Word of God and staying full of the Spirit. Some are on what I call a starvation diet: just enough to stay alive but not enough to stay strong. This is contrary to the commands of Scripture to, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…Colossians 3:16 and “…be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:18, 19. They are choosing a very dangerous way of living and playing right into the enemy’s hands. There is an adversary to their life seeking and plotting whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8. There still is a devil and demon powers loose on earth. We aren’t in heaven and the devil has not been bound to the bottom less pit yet. We need to be full of both the Word and Spirit in order to not only survive the Last Days but also thrive.
Do you remember what Jesus said in Matthew 12:43, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none.” They seek dry places and they seem to like dry places. When Jesus cast the devils out of the man from Gadara (also said to have an unclean spirit), 2,000 demons came out and went into the pigs, then the pigs ran into the water. Keep in mind that demons, who are spirit beings, seek embodiment to find their fullest range of expression. If they cannot find embodiment in man they will seek animals.
I don’t believe Jesus ever did anything or allowed anything but that it would teach us something. The pigs ran violently down a near hillside into the sea and were choked in the sea.
Some would say the demons drove them to death and yes demonic forces to drive people to murder themselves and others.
Others would say the pigs would rather run into the water, drown, and die than to be possessed by these demons.
Think of the overall visual picture. Keep in mind that to Jewish people pigs are considered to be unclean flesh (Leviticus 11:7; Deuteronomy 14:8). If you were standing there observing this you would see: the unclean spirits asking to go into unclean flesh; and the pig’s natural instinct when evil forces came into them was to run for water to be free of them.
I wouldn’t get dogmatic about it but could there be a visual object lesson here? We know from Jesus’ own teaching (Matthew 12:43-45) demons seek dry places and they like dry places. The opposite of a dry place is a wet place or a well-watered place.
Dry isn’t looked upon favorably in Scripture; who are the dry?
– Rebellious Psalm 68:6
– Those lacking His Spirit Isaiah 44:3
– Rootless Matthew 13:6
– Those who don’t meditate Psalm 1:3
– Those with idols Jeremiah 50:38
– Those who easily go into captivity Isaiah 5:13
– False Christians Jude 12
– False teachers & false prophets 2 Peter 2:17
Uncleanness in a person’s life attracts demonic activity and demonic powers are repelled by people full of the water of the Word and Spirit. This is no time to be spiritually dry but be full of the Word and full of the Spirit.