Jesus healed a man who couldn’t speak, amazing the crowds. But some accused Jesus of being in cahoots with Beelzebul, the ruler of demons. Others tried to test him by demanding a sign from heaven.
Here’s how Jesus responded:
Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, “I will return to the house I left.” When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.
A woman in the crowd yelled, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Jesus offered this correction:
Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He who drives out demons by the finger of God, graphically demonstrating that God’s Kingdom has come.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Be with him, not against him. Gather with him, don’t scatter.
Be blessed: hear the Word of God and obey.