Tuesday, May 28
20 Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.”
22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons.”
23 So he summoned them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
28 “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for all sins and whatever blasphemies they utter. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
We criticize what we don’t understand. We criticize even more what seems to be a threat to us. Jesus tells these Pharisees that all He is doing is good, not evil. As people are healed and demons are cast out, Satan can not stand this! The Pharisees had no answer for what they saw Jesus doing. We too often think we’ll understand everything when Jesus shows up.
Also here we hear Jesus speak of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is the “unforgivable sin.” To blaspheme, or speak against, the Spirit is to say we don’t need Him - to hold Him off as He speaks personally to us. The Pharisees were resisting the work of Jesus, and thus resisting the work of the Holy Spirit. They refused to believe, and those who refuse to believe can not be forgiven of sin.
Am I following Jesus so closely that I see supernatural things happen? Am I submitted to the voice of the Holy Spirit in my life?
Father, make me uncomfortable with how You are working in the world around me today. I believe if Jesus is at work, I won’t have all the answers!
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.