01/11/19 – Matt. 8:18-34; Psalm 10:1-15; & Proverbs 3:7-8
Matthew:8 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
As I read this passage the phrase “before the appointed time” caught my eye — what does this mean? I read a few commentaries and feel that Coffman summarized it well.
The kingdom of evil, at this point, was fully aware of WHO Christ was (and is). If Satan had any doubt prior to this, Christ’s rebuke of the winds and the sea removed it. These demons freely admitted and, in a sense, confessed Jesus as the Son of God, admitting that he had the power to torment them “before the time.” This shows that the time of ultimate judgment and punishment of the condemned is set for future fulfillment and that the whole demonic world is fully aware of it.