Bible: Luke 11:14-26

Jesus and Beelzebul

11:14 Now 1  he was casting out a demon that was mute. 2  When 3  the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 4  and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 5  the ruler 6  of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 7  him, 8  began asking for 9  a sign 10  from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 11  realizing their thoughts, said to them, 12 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 13  and a divided household falls. 14  11:18 So 15  if 16  Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 17  you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 18  cast them 19  out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 20  of God, then the kingdom of God 21  has already overtaken 22  you. 11:21 When a strong man, 23  fully armed, guards his own palace, 24  his possessions are safe. 25  11:22 But 26  when a stronger man 27  attacks 28  and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 29  armor on which the man relied 30  and divides up 31  his plunder. 32  11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 33  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 34 

Response to Jesus’ Work

11:24When an unclean spirit 35  goes out of a person, 36  it passes through waterless places 37  looking for rest but 38  not finding any. Then 39  it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 40  11:25 When it returns, 41  it finds the house 42  swept clean and put in order. 43  11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 44  the last state of that person 45  is worse than the first.” 46 

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