What Jesus Did! 'You're Asking for Trouble!' — Luke 11:19

Friday, July 24, 2015

"But if I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong."
— Luke 11:19
Illustration of Luke 11:19 — "But if I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong."

Key Thought

Jesus had been accused of casting out demons by the power of demons. His second response to their accusation is very simple. If they are going to explain that his power is coming from Satan, then where does the power of other Jewish exorcists come from? Jesus wants them to understand that if they are going to make that accusation against him, then they are implicating their fellow Jewish teachers who do similar things. While Jesus clearly has power over demons, Satan, and evil, he also has to battle the opponents who accuse him. To communicate effectively, he must use their own logic and law to help the true seekers understand him. While he will never win over his "dyed in the wool" opponents, he can help bring those who are genuinely interested closer to himself by helping them grasp his message by using terms they understand as well as by using their forms of rhetoric. We can learn from Jesus how to speak to others more effectively. We must speak in ways others can understand so they can find their way to the truth!

Today's Prayer

Father, help me as I seek to communicate your truth and grace to those who look at the world differently than I do. Help me find wise and effective ways to share your message based on the way others understand and evaluate truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One time Jesus was sending a demon out of a man that could not talk. When the demon came out, the man was able to speak. The people were amazed. But some of the people said, "He uses the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force demons out of people. Beelzebul is the ruler of demons." Other people wanted to test Jesus. They asked Jesus to show them a sign (proof) from heaven. But Jesus knew the things they were thinking. So Jesus said to the people, "Every kingdom that is divided and fights against itself will be destroyed. And a family that fights against itself will break apart. So if Satan (the devil) is fighting against himself, then how will his kingdom continue? You say that I use the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force out demons. But if I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong. But I use the power of God to force out demons. This shows that the kingdom of God has come to you! "When a strong man with many weapons guards his own house, then the things in his house are safe. But suppose a stronger man comes and defeats him. The stronger man will take away the weapons that the first man trusted to keep his house safe. Then the stronger man will do what he wants with the other man's things. "If a person is not with me, he is against me. The person that does not work with me is working against me. "When an evil spirit {from the devil} comes out of a person, that spirit travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But that spirit finds no place to rest. So the spirit says, 'I will go back to the home (person) I left.' When the spirit comes back to that person, the spirit finds that home (person) swept clean and made neat. Then the evil spirit goes out and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself. Then all the evil spirits go into that person and live there. And that person has even more trouble than he had before." When Jesussaid these things, a woman with the people there began to speak. She said to Jesus, "What a great blessing God gave your mother, because she gave birth to you and fed you." But Jesus said, "The people that hear the teaching of God and obey it—they are the people that are truly happy!"

Luke 11:14-28

Related Scripture Readings

To the Jews I became like a Jew. I did this to help save the Jews. I myself am not ruled by the law. But to people that are ruled by the law I became like a person who is ruled by the law. I did this to help save those people that are ruled by the law. To those that are without the law I became like a person that is without the law. I did this to help save those people that are without the law. (But really, I am not without God's law—I am ruled by the law of Christ.) To the people that are weak, I became weak so that I could help save them. I have become all things to all people. I did this so that I could save people in any way possible. I do all these things because of the Good News. I do these things so that I can share in {the blessings of} the Good News.

1 Corinthians 9:20-23

Then Paul stood before the meeting of the Areopagus council. Paul said, "Men of Athens, I can see that you are very religious in all things. I was going through your city and I saw the things you worship. I found an altar that had these words written on it: 'TO the god who is not known.' You worship a god that you don't know. This is the God I am telling you about! He is the God who made the whole world and everything in it. He is the Lord (Ruler) of the land and the sky. He does not live in temples that men build! This God is the One who gives life, breath, and everything else to people. He does not need any help from people. God has everything he needs. God began by making one man (Adam). From him God made all the different people. God made them to live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted the people to look for him. Maybe they could search all around for him and find him. But he is not far from any of us: 'We live with him. We walk with him. We are with him.' Some of your own writers have said: 'For we are his children.'

Acts 17:22-28

We don't tell people about ourselves. But we tell people that Jesus Christ is Lord; and we tell people that we are your servants for Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:5

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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