The Healing and
the Reaction (12:22-24)
The strong man’s
against the Spirit (30-32)
Nature and fruit
Return of the
Evil Spirit (12:43-45)
Father’s Will (12:46-50)
Son of David,
kingdom, divided, bind the strong man, blasphemy against the Spirit,
tree/fruit, heart/mouth, good/evil, evil and
adulterous generation, justified/condemned, sign, repented, greater than, the
will of my Father in heaven.
prophecy mentioned that God would put His Spirit on Jesus. In 28 Jesus said
that He drove out the demons by the Spirit of God. For this reason, blasphemy
against the Spirit cannot be forgiven (32).
prophesied that God would bring His justice to the Gentiles and that in His
name the gentiles would trust. In 38-42, Jesus cited the examples of the Ninevites and the Queen of the South, both Gentiles, to
warn the wicked generation. “He will not quarrel nor cry out” was also
fulfilled in Jesus’ refusal to show His accusers a miraculous sign.
1. The Pharisees’
reaction stemmed from their evil hearts (34,35). Since
out of their jealousy they had already been looking for ways to accuse Jesus,
this was just another opportunity for them to slander Him. They were blind to
the power and grace of God.
2a. Jesus could
not have cast out the demons by Beelzebub because Satan also knew the
importance of unity and would not cast out members of his own kingdom.
“sons” might have referred to their disciples or the Jews in general. Some
people during that time also tried to cast out demons (Acts 19:13). If Jesus’
great power came from the prince of demons, then by whose power did they cast
out demons? If they claimed to cast out demons by God’s power, then on what
basis could they accuse Jesus’ power as Satanic?
2c. It would take someone stronger than Satan to bind him and
release those under his power. That someone is Jesus, who cast out Satan by
3. God’s kingdom
is marked by the power of God’s Spirit (1Cor 4:20). The
forces of evil are absent in God’s kingdom. So the healing ministry of
the Lord Jesus was a demonstration that He had come to establish God’s kingdom.
4a. They attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to the evil
4b. If anyone slanders Jesus based on Jesus’ words alone, he
could still repent and receive forgiveness. But if he remains callous and
chooses to reject him even though he has seen the power of God’s Spirit through
the works of Jesus, then there is no forgiveness (cf
6a. It is greater than that of Satan’s and it manifests God’s
6b. Our hearts determine what we do and say, whether good or
6c. We will have to give account to God for the words we speak,
even those words that we think are insignificant. Our words will either justify
or condemn us. Words are so important because they reveal what is in our
7a. 16:1 says
that they were asking for a sign from heaven. They wanted Jesus to prove that
He was from God. Their demand once again showed their unbelief. The Lord had
already demonstrated His divine power in His works, but they still demanded
deliverance of Jonah from the belly of the fish was a sign that he was sent by
God. In the same way, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus would be a
sign that He was the Christ.
9. Although they
were not of God’s chosen race, they responded to God’s call. Today, if we as
confessed Christians do not make an effort to receive Jesus’ words like the
Queen of the South and do not repent and change our ways like the men of Nineveh, these people will
also rise up on the last day to judge us. Jesus is greater than Jonah and
Solomon. If the men of Nineveh
and the Queen of the South responded to Jonah and Solomon, how much more should
we respond to the word and works of the Lord Jesus in our lives!
compared His generation to the demon-possessed man. Just as the man had been
released of demon possession, the people of Jesus’ time had also experienced
the great healing power of Christ. But if they did not accept the message of
Jesus, their end would be much worse than the beginning. This truth also
applies to anyone who has received God’s grace (Heb 6:4-8).
10b. God has
delivered us from sin and made us whole. We have also experienced God’s grace
and healing power. Now we need to accept the gospel message and respond to
11. Jesus was not
speaking in terms of family relationships in this world. Neither did He deny
his own earthly family. He regarded spiritual ties with the believers as far
more important than the earthly family. Those who do the will of the heavenly
Father by accepting Jesus identify themselves as members of God’s household.