In Mark 1:34 Jesus didn’t allow the demons to speak because “they knew him”.  Have you ever stopped to wonder … why did He not want the people to know He was God come in the flesh?  Is it because He knew He would be too awesome for them to gaze upon?

Read with me in Exodus 20:19 when God was on Mount Sinai.  “Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.'”  The people were afraid of God’s almighty power and physical presence with them.  It was too much for them to bear.   ” … they trembled and stood afar off.” (Exodus 20:18)

When Jesus was in the garden at Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He told the soldiers that came looking for Him, “I am He.” (John 18:6).  When they heard Him say that they “drew back and fell to the ground”.

Could it be that if Jesus had revealed Himself as God, that maybe they would have run from Him to save their lives?  Could it be that they would be so taken back they wouldn’t be able to fathom getting too close to Him?  Maybe it was simply enough for the people to know Him as the Christ, the prophet like Moses. (Deuteronomy 18:17-18)   Maybe it was the only way to get close to the people He loved so dearly.

All would be revealed in His time, of course, but for then, He left good enough alone.

We are but human, but God is The Almighty.

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