Summary of passage: Again, Jesus was brought a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute and Jesus healed him. The people were astonished and wondered if this was the Son of David. The Pharisees said no, it was Beelzebub. Jesus said why would the devil drive out demons? It just doesn’t make sense because a city divided against itself cannot stand.
Jesus says if you are not with him then you are against him but every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven as long as it is against men but if it is against the Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
A good tree bears good fruit. A bad tree bears bad fruit. Evil cannot say good. The mouth speaks what is in the heart and you will have to give account on judgment day of every word you have spoken.
The Pharisees ask for a sign to which Jesus responds harshly, saying none of you have repented and you are worse than Nineveh who repented after Jonah was swallowed by the whale. This generation is more wicked.
Jesus explains that whoever does the will of God is his brother, sister, and mother.
11a) It demonstrated his supernatural healing powers and that he is the Son of Man (or God) and it showed his compassion on people. It also showed how Jesus is more powerful than demons (or the devil).
b) Beelzebub is the prince of demons or the devil and the house is the human body or soul. Basically, Jesus says here he has the power to bind Satan and steal his house (us) back from him and claim us for his kingdom.
12) Because the Spirit indwells inside Christians and does not allow you to speak ill of the Spirit. The Spirit will guide you into truth and can speak only what he hears. You have the Spirit when you believe in Jesus. Thus, if you believe in Jesus, if you desire and seek him, you cannot blasphemy the Holy Spirit. It is just impossible.
13) Personal Question. My answer: My words sometimes reveal anger, bitterness, lack of compassion, selfishness, pride, ignorance, hurt, condescension, and a judgmental attitude. Sometimes it reveals love, compassion, sacrifice, honor, goodness, righteousness, a desire to do God’s will, contentment, and happiness. I will pray for more of the latter and an ability to recognize the evil BEFORE it spews forth and replace it with kindness, gentleness, peacefulness, patience, self-control, goodness, faithfulness, love, and joy (the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23).
14a) Their intentions were wicked and adulterous. They weren’t going to change their minds and believe in Jesus no matter what he did. They were merely trying to trap him so they could execute him.
b) The sign of the prophet Jonah and it points to how the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (before Jesus rose from the dead). Jesus is using an analogy here. Jonah died (was swallowed) for others sins but was resurrected (coughed up so to speak) after three days. When the people saw this, they repented. Jesus is saying he is the sign and the same will happen to him.
c) If you rid yourself of evil but replace it with nothing, then you invite even more evil in. You need to throw evil out of your life and then replace it with God and the Holy Spirit so that you become better and not worse in the future.
15) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus says whoever does God’s will is his brother, sister, and mother. Basically, we are adopted into Jesus’ family as believers and if we do God’s will, we get to live with Him forever. Thus, I am Jesus’ sister. Pretty cool!
Conclusions: Some challenging passages here which I did my best to explain as we answered questions on them. BSF did a great job in covering this passage. The one thing I would emphasize more is Jesus’ words “He who is not with me is against me.” If you do not work for Jesus, then you work against him. This would be any other religion or even those passive in life. This is black and white, something a lot of people don’t like to hear. Either you accept Jesus and do his will or you don’t and then you are doing Satan’s will. That’s the bottom line that many do not want to hear because they think they are doing good in this world. The fact is Satan is in control of you unless you have the Holy Spirit to drive him away.
My favorite part is how the heart is shown in your words. That’s one of my favorite passages from Paul’s writings (Ephesians 4:29; 5:19) and it’s an area I struggle with.
End Notes: Here we see Jesus calling the Pharisees brood of vipers again (verse 34), basically calling them the sons of Satan. Especially in ancient times the serpent was associated with evil because of its role in the Fall so that is why Jesus calls them vipers, associating them with Satan, which the Jewish people would immediately understand.