Mark 3:22-27 – The Stronger Man

Mark 3:22-27
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And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

-Here Jesus is telling the critics that Satan is not so quick to give up the things that are his.  Satan is portrayed as the strong man who is carefully guarding his goods.  The only way for those goods to be taken from him would be for a Stronger Man to come along and take care of the strong man.  There is only one Man who is strong enough to do that and that’s the Lord Himself.  In order to save us, Jesus tasted death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9); He went into Satan’s house so that He could take the keys of Hell and of Death (Revelation 1:18) and make a way for every one of us to be free of Satan’s claim.

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