Together or apart
November 10, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: Together or Apart
The Pharisees accused Jesus of using the power of Satan to do the miraculous things He did. Jesus reminded them that He served God, and that it would be ridiculous for Satan to allow Jesus to defeat Him as that would not serve Satan’s purposes at all. So comes the famous line: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” What about us? If we serve the Kingdom of God and the household of faith as followers of Christ, can we truly thrive if we allow division among us? God calls us to unity and harmony as we serve Him in community.
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.