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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 11:19 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 9:20-23
  • Acts 17:22-28
  • 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.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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