I have a couple of questions about the well-known story of when Jesus cast the demons out of two men and sent them into the pigs. This happening is found in Matthew 8:28-34. It says:
"28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region."
My first question is about verse 29 when they ask Jesus, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before our appointed time?” There are two questions here. Why would the demons ask Jesus what he wants of them? What do they mean about torturing them before their appointed time?
And then in verse 31 they ask him to send them into herds of pigs instead of simply casting them out. Why? Why do they expect Jesus to show them mercy? I mean, he does, but why? And what was the horrible thing about being cast out with no body to go to? Why does Jesus show them mercy in the end? I know these are a lot of questions, but I hope to find some answers…