Jesus is Lord

“Why is it, that Jesus, on the one hand, did not permit the Demons to speak, because they knew him (Mark 1:34) and on the other hand he wanted the Pharisees to know that he was from heaven (Matthew 22:41-46)?”

My opinion from a biblical perspective is really simple. These demons were/are of the ‘dark side,’ period, they are evil. The Pharisees, even though they did not believe Him to be the prophesied Messiah, were given ‘food for thought’ and ‘reason to talk publicly’ about Him. The Demons were/are minions of Satan, but the Pharisees would be the very people who would be a part of the fulfillment of the reason why Jesus was present and that was the coming Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of the Messiah.

In Matthew chapter 4 Jesus is tempted by Satan and Jesus said to him, “It is written, Do not tempt the Lord your God.” Jesus would not allow the darkness into the light. Jesus’ dominance over evil is total and eternal.

In the 23rd chapter of Matthew is found the long and sad statement of Jesus toward the Pharisees in which He pronounced those terrible 7 woes. Jesus speaks harshly of the days of apostasy Israel which was the culmination of the Jewish rulers’ rejection of the presence of God. Jesus solemnly sternly said this long rejection of God and His prophets would bring His judgment upon their generation which included their rejection and crucifixion of God’s only Son. In 70 AD the destruction of Jerusalem was undertaken by the Roman leader and later emperor, Titus. Jerusalem in destruction became the reminder of God’s judgment upon their hypocrisy and sin.

The demons were not allowed and the Pharisees needed to hear from the One they were rejecting and Who would become the Savior of the world they wanted to dominate. Jesus overturned the tables in the Temple which, in many ways, symbolized His dominion over them.

Jesus is Lord

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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