Matthew 8.34 NASU
“Then Abimelech said to Isaac, ‘Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us.’”
“And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.”
In the Bible reading plan I am following there are, coincidentally, two verses that sound very similar in spite of their contextual differences. One is from the Old Testament, the other from the New. They are separated by nearly 2,000 calendar years and about 1,000 Bible pages.
In the Genesis account, Abimelech king of the Philistines, told Isaac to “go away… for you are too powerful for us.” God’s blessing was with Isaac. He could do no wrong. Everything he touched turned to gold. Wherever his herdsmen dug, they found water. Isaac’s prosperity during a time of famine in Palestine created bad blood among the Philistines and the king concluded, “Isaac, this town’s not big enough for the two of us!”
According to the passage in Matthew, Jesus caused a minor riot among the herdsmen near the city of Gedara by sending demons into a herd of pigs. The animals stampeded their way over a cliff to their death in the Sea of Galilee. The Gedarenes pleaded with Jesus to leave town. They could have quoted king Abimelech words to Isaac: “Go away… for you are too powerful for us”.
In the first volume of “The Chronicles of Narnia”  series, Mr. Beaver attempts to explain the character of the story’s hero to the human children…
“Is – is he a man?” asked Lucy.
“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Jesus isn’t safe. He’s the king and He’s good, but not safe. Good people reject Christ from fear of what He may require of them, imploring Him: “go away… for you are too powerful for us”. If I am not ready to risk everything for the adventure of a lifetime, then perhaps I too should play it safe like Abimelech, the Gedarenes, and most of humanity, and send Jesus away from my quiet and easy life.
 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, 1950, First Collier Books Edition, 1970, pp. 75f.