Bible: Matt 12:12-32

12:12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 12:13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, 1  as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate 2  him.

God’s Special Servant

12:15 Now when Jesus learned of this, he went away from there. Great 3  crowds 4  followed him, and he healed them all. 12:16 But he sternly warned them not to make him known. 12:17 This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet: 5 

12:18Here is 6  my servant whom I have chosen,

the one I love, in whom I take great delight. 7 

I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

12:19 He will not quarrel or cry out,

nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

12:20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick,

until he brings justice to victory.

12:21 And in his name the Gentiles 8  will hope.” 9 

Jesus and Beelzebul

12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus 10  healed him so that he could speak and see. 11  12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David? 12:24 But when the Pharisees 12  heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 13  the ruler 14  of demons! 12:25 Now when Jesus 15  realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 16 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 17  and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if 18  Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 19  cast them 20  out? For this reason they will be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God 21  has already overtaken 22  you. 12:29 How 23  else can someone enter a strong man’s 24  house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 25  12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, 26  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 27  12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, 28  but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 29  But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, 30  either in this age or in the age to come.

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