Thanks to everyone who responded with your thoughts on the last post. The passage in Mark 5:1-13 that had always had me wondering was the part with the pigs. If the demons were going to get sent back to hell when the pigs died, why kill the pigs?
Two people brought back a similar thought on this: When Jesus removed the demons from the men, he needed a visible way to prove to those who witnessed the event, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he had indeed removed the demons. Since pigs never act in concert, and certainly aren’t suicidal, having 2000 of them charge to certain death did the trick.
One bible curiosity solved, countless more to go!