Overcoming The Strong Man-Mark 3:20-27

Mark 3:20-27 “Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub!  By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”  23 So Jesus called 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; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.”
Marco 3:20-27 « Poi entrò in una casa e la folla si radunò di nuovo, così che egli e i suoi non potevano neppure mangiare. 21 I suoi parenti, udito ciò, vennero per prenderlo, perché dicevano: «È fuori di sé». 22 Gli scribi che erano scesi da Gerusalemme dicevano: «Egli ha Belzebù e scaccia i demòni con l’aiuto del principe dei demòni». 23 Ma egli, chiamatili a sé, diceva loro in parabole: «Come può Satana scacciare Satana? 24 Se un regno è diviso in parti contrarie, quel regno non può reggere. 25 Se una casa è divisa in parti contrarie, quella casa non potrà reggere. 26 Se dunque Satana insorge contro se stesso ed è diviso, non può reggere, ma deve finire27 D’altronde nessuno può entrare nella casa dell’uomo forte e rubargli la sua roba, se prima non avrà legato l’uomo forte; soltanto allora gli saccheggerà la casa.”
 
     Jesus visited a house in Capernaum with a huge crowd following Him again so that even He and His disciples were not able to eat. It was at this point that Jesus’ family became upset with Him; they said that Jesus, in essence, was mentally unbalanced having lost control of His sense of responsibility for His own health and that of His disciples. Of course, this was exactly what the religious leaders were hoping for: an insurrection among Jesus’ own family. They now boldly declared that He was possessed by the devil (“Beelzebub” which can mean the lord of evil spirits). They charged Jesus with being in alliance with the devil, the prince of demons (v. 23).
     Jesus refuted these two groups with strong words. First, he addressed the religious leaders from the standpoint of logic. Wouldn’t it be absurd to think that the devil would cast out his own workers? Jesus then illustrated this by simply saying that a house divided can’t stand and it would surely come to an end. Second, He dealt with the confusion of His local audience (including His family).
     Using the same illustration of the house, Jesus established Satan as the real ‘mad’ man in this house (stronghold) with its members being enslaved to sin, sickness and death. Jesus came into this person’s house, bound up the culprit (strong man), overpowered and rendered him helpless so its members would be free. It is the mission of Jesus to rob the devil of his plunder in every house that is open to Him!
Pray with me: Lord, as I have experienced Your freedom from the power of the devil, help me to remember to support Your mission as You plunder the work of the strong man in others.


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