When people judge you
Mark 3: 22 – 30 “And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak 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 without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” 30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”
He has been misunderstood and accused of burning out by his own people and now come some know-it-alls from the city. Teachers of the law who have purposely been sent to discredit and misrepresent his work; to say the good he is doing is actually coming from a bad place. It looks good but it is coming from a heart that is wrong, in fact, a heart that is controlled not only by a demon but satan himself.
With Jesus delivering so many people from the demonic he was getting a reputation of his ministry being categorised with a supernatural activity that they had not seen before. It was outside of their reference and experience. People continue to want to control what they do not understand and one of the ways to control is to categorise and put it to one side and say it is not of God warning people not to go near. It happens today as with Jesus. “That is not of God, it is a deception.”
How do you deal with the accusation that you are a misrepresentation and what you do is from a bad heart? How do you cope when you have been judged and sentenced? How do you recover?
- Jesus found the question to ask which made their accusation look stupid. Basically, are you saying there is a civil war in the kingdom of satan? v23-24.
- Jesus rose above the accusation and wasn’t slow at letting people know. He was setting people free from one life to life (house to house), this was the truth, v27.
- Jesus was being judged and his response was to judge his judgers, v28-30