But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
Only one character in Scripture ever says, “I know you!” in such a way as to speak as though we are open books to him or bugs under his magnifying glass. It is not the omniscient God (as many people suppose), but Satan. He speaks this way to Jesus today: “I know who you are!” And he speaks the same way to us all. He is the Accuser of the Brethren and he typically addresses us as though he can see through us and knows exactly what sort of repulsive scum we are. Jesus’ approach is the soul of common sense: He tells Satan to shut up. He knows that contempt has no place with truth and love and that one of the greatest lies is to entertain the notion that demonic hatred can teach us anything. Jesus commands the devil to leave, not to “share his perspective.”