Understanding what the Eunuch would have suffered we can understand why he is drawn to these words in Isaiah. Here is a startling and powerful word picture to which he fully identifies. This man will never have children or the life that evil men stole away. Still... by divine intervention the Holy Spirit brought this passage in Isaiah to his attention and with the help of an angel this divine, supernatural, miraculous appointment took place between two unlikely men whose paths should never have crossed. The Eunuch, this court official met the Apostle Philip.
Jesus knew the names of the demons. They confessed who Jesus, was acknowledging His authority as the Son of God. They also had an awareness of Father-God's predetermined timetable which they articulated in a clever plea, trading upon this knowledge.
And they cried out, saying, "What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8: 29) In the same way, demons and evil spirits today, know that time is short.
Another bit of knowledge revealed to us from these passages in both Luke and Matthew, who recorded the same event, is this. Jesus allowed the demons to reveal where, by Jesus' authority demons would likely end up after such a clash in the context of exorcism. And they were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss (Luke 8: 31).
Into the abyss from where there is no escape or return. Today this same authority is among the gifts, tools, and weapons God has given us as children of the Most High God, confirming Jesus' promise that after He left planet earth for Heaven, to be seated at the right hand of God the Father in all victory, He would not abandon those left on earth... as orphans. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14: 12). We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1st John 5: 19).
And because we "know the rest of the story," we additionally pray that all demonic back ups and replacements be equally destroyed. Jesus did not actually need to ask the names of the demons. He knows everything. But Jesus was providing an object lesson. He was demonstrating to his followers, among them Luke and Matthew, and then down through the ages to us as preserved in His holy word, the key elements of how an exorcism is to be performed. So that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 10, 11).
Does that thrill you as it does me? I can see this man sitting at Jesus feet, his head resting against His Saviors' thigh, content to be basking in the love and grace of such trans-formative healing.
Another conversion. At the point of death, in the very last moments of life, Jesus said to the one thief that acknowledged who He was, as side by side they hung upon the tortured Roman crosses, these powerful and significant words. Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise (Luke 23: 43) Read the full story Luke 23: 39-43.
You can pray right now and ask Jesus for this new life. Confess your sin and tell Him you need him. He'll be found.