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Bible Study Jesus Shows Mercy to Demons Matthew 8:31-32

Updated on January 7, 2012
This is just a recreation of swine going over a cliff. No pigs were possessed, or have been harmed in this reenactment.
This is just a recreation of swine going over a cliff. No pigs were possessed, or have been harmed in this reenactment.

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.


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      Katherine Parker 4 years ago from Indiana

      I am loving these studies!

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Hi again... In regards to the last remark, that was in a discussion that was way before I'd even seen the hub topic here. I'll keep looking through more of your others ans see what rings a bell otherwise. Peace and be blessed... Rev.Ted

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      Bible Studies 6 years ago from PA

      Christ4ever - Thank you very much. Sometimes God shows us things that we just need to share no matter what others would think. Not having any real formal religious education, it helps me to know I'm on the right track, especially when I feel God is sending me over the deep end so to speak. :)

      I would feel honored to know if you shared any of the other ideas in my hubs with your discussion groups or sermons.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Wow! - I just caught this Hub for the first time and it is an excellent example of the point being made about mercy and God's grace. I had recently just made a similar comparison with that verse (Mark 5:12) in a group discussion and it is great to see that others interpret this in a similar fashion (too bad that the pigs were overwhelmed and committed suicide anyway - but at least the people were saved!).

      Keep up the great work in the Lord's service! With blessings... Rev.Ted

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      brotheryochanan 7 years ago

      What else are ya gonna do with demons? When it comes to this ludicrous belief in demons, its all mercy. Casting them out doesn't kill them they just go into somebody else. With paranoid schizophrenics they need a sign to confirm their healing, hence the motivation of the swine. the drowning in the waters?, well, pigs are excellent swimmers btw. But here we have another matter as well, Jesus already said "spirits come out of the man", but they didn't (as with every other time they did) they chose to chit chat with jesus and He with them. To get an idea of how 'crazy' this individual was, jesus asked him his name and sure enough, looney tunes. "Legion for we are many". How many examples are there of one demon lameing, paralysing, crippling, muting, blinding a person are there? Enough to know that 1,000 demons would have this guy on the floor incapable of anything. Of course if the demons were playing cards and sleeping this guy might have super strength with an ability to heal himself. As i said before this fellow was just a paranoid schizophrenic who needed a sign to help realise he was healed. The term in his right mind helps us know that this fellow, legion, was looney tunes.

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      Marliza Gunter 7 years ago from South Africa

      I just had to read this hub..this is the solemn truth...but I also know that a Christian can get crucified for telling people that God is merciful to demons..and I know that demons know that God grants them mercy and other prayer requests...they know the LAW of God and the inner workings of the Throne Room...I found in my experiences that demons will milk you dry based on this concept (Law) and Christians choose not to believe that God said He is kind to the righteous and the evil..bless you for letting the whole truth come forth...