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Bible Study Jesus Shows Mercy to Demons Matthew 8:31-32
Jesus demonstrated his command to love one another as I have loved you. If someone hits you on one cheek, turn your head and let him hit you on the other side. When others ask how can we not fight back? Jesus not only told us how, but showed us how.
Jesus faced the ultimate in loving thy enemy. If anyone had any reason to hate, and wanting to kick the you know what out of someone, Jesus did right there and then when he faced down the legion of demons possessing the men. Not only were the demons his enemies, but also doing just about everything to those two men that Jesus hated and was against.
Instead of taking it out on his enemy like most of us would, Jesus showed mercy to the demons when they asked to be cast into the herd of swine or pigs. Those pesky low, life demons actually had the guts to ask God their sworn enemy for something.
Instead of just casting them out like he did with others, he cast the demons into the herd of swine. He actually turned the other cheek, and granted them what they asked for. Just as in the passage says God will do in Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given unto you.
If God is willing to follow his word when demons ask for mercy, how much more would he be willing to grant us what we ask for? Why doesn't it seem like we get what we ask for though?
Going back to the passage, we see that the demons recognized exactly who Jesus was. They were not in question. Knowing who he was, the demons knew the power and authority he had. They also knew that he would keep his word.
They really didn't need the faith we do, because they knew for a fact who and what Jesus is. Many of us today still struggle to realize who Jesus is, and that he has authority to do what he says he is going to do in the Bible.
Many of us are still trying to build our faith up. Yes, we believe in Jesus, but we are not solid on our faith. We do not believe as a fact that he will do what his word says. I believe that many who have already chosen him as Lord and Savior have no problem believing for a fact that Jesus is the Son of God. That Jesus loves us, and has shown His mercy to us.
We haven't grasped as a fact that Jesus will do what His word says. We still have a hard time having faith that God will give us what we ask for let alone believing the many of the other promises in the Bible. How many of us believe we have a mansion in heaven? If you are one of the ones that believe, why is it so much tougher to believe God will fulfill his promises while we are still on this Earth?
Maybe we just haven't reached the point where faith turns into fact. It seems like God works in people's lives when they have faith for something as if it were a fact and already happened.