46 Jesus is accused of using satanic power when he casts out evil spirits.

Jonah 1:17; 3:5; 1 Kings 10:1; 2 Chronicles 9:1; Matthew 12:22–45; Mark 3:20–30

Why did some people says Jesus had lost touch with reality (Mark 3:20–21)?

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If people were brought to Jesus because of his reputation for healing the sick, why would the crowd be amazed when he caused the blind man to see (Matthew 12:22–23)?

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Why did people have an interest in the “Son of David” (Matthew 12:22–23)? What was their expectation for who that person would be?

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What motives might the Pharisees have had in being with Jesus (Matthew 12:24)? Why didn’t they believe his power was from God?

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In what ways do people work against themselves and bring their own destruction (Matthew 12:25)?

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How well might Jesus have understood Satan’s methods (Matthew 12:26)?

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Why did Jesus compare his delivering people from evil spirits with what the Pharisees were doing (Matthew 12:27–28)?

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When we’re short on strength, what should we do (Matthew 12:29)?

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What motivated people to not be “with” Jesus (Matthew 12:30)?

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What does it mean to “speak evil of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 12:31)?

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What was worse than speaking evil of Jesus (Matthew 12:32)? Why?

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How could people think Jesus had an evil spirit (Mark 3:30)?

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What are the dangers of hypocrisy (Matthew 12:33)?

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What kind of behavior should we expect from snakes (Matthew 12:34)?

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Why are people accountable for their words (Matthew 12:35–37)?

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When the Pharisees and teachers of the Law asked for a miraculous sign, what were they really looking for (Matthew 12:37)?

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Why might God choose not to honor a request for a sign (Matthew 12:38)?

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What was the “sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matthew 12:39-40)?

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Why were some people so different from the Queen of Sheba and the citizens of Nineveh (Matthew 12:41–42)?

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What is the danger of deliverance without a change of heart (Matthew 12:43–45)?

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When Jesus entered a house, so large a crowd gathered that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to restrain him because people were saying, “He has lost touch with reality.”

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Mark 3:20–21 When Jesus entered a house, so large a crowd gathered that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to restrain him because people were saying, “He has lost touch with reality.”
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Mark 3:20–21 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

When people brought to Jesus a man who was blind and could not speak because of an evil spirit, Jesus healed him so he could both see and talk. The crowd was astonished, saying, “Could this be the Son of David?”

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Matthew 12:22–23 When people brought to Jesus a man who was blind and could not speak because of an evil spirit, Jesus healed him so he could both see and talk. The crowd was astonished, saying, “Could this be the Son of David?”
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Matthew 12:22–23 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

Pharisees and teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem heard what the people said. “No,” they said. “He is possessed by Beelzebub! It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of evil spirits, that this fellow drives out evil spirits.”

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Matthew 12:24 Pharisees heard what the people said. “No,” they said. “This man casts out evil spirits by the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of evil spirits.”
Mark 3:22 Teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem said, “This man casts out evil spirits by the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of evil spirits.”
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Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Mark 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Jesus knew what the people were pondering, so he brought them together and taught with these illustrations: “How can Satan cast out Satan? A kingdom working against itself will soon be destroyed. Any city or family who fights internally cannot live very long. If Satan drives out Satan, he is warring against himself, and his kingdom cannot survive.

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Matthew 12:25–26 Jesus knew what the people were pondering, so he said, “A kingdom working against itself will soon be destroyed. Any city or family who fights internally cannot last very long. If Satan drives out Satan, he is warring against himself, and his kingdom cannot survive.
Mark 3:23–26 So Jesus brought the people together and taught with these illustrations. “How can Satan cast out Satan? A kingdom working against itself will soon be destroyed, and any family who fights internally cannot last very long. If Satan drives out Satan, he is warring against himself, and his kingdom cannot survive.
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Matthew 12:25–26 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mark 3:23–26 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

“If Beelzebub is my power over evil spirits, by whom do your followers cast them out? They prove you are using a double standard of judgment. But if I cast out evil spirits by the Spirit of God, the Kingdom of God has come unto you.

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Matthew 12:27–28 “If Beelzebub is my power over evil spirits, by whom do your followers cast them out? They prove you are using a double standard of judgment. But if I cast out evil spirits by the Spirit of God, the Kingdom of God has come unto you.
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Matthew 12:27–28 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

“How can a man force his way into a strong man’s house and take his property? First he must bind the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.

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Matthew 12:29 “How can a man force his way into a strong man’s house and take his property? First he must bind the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
Mark 3:27 “How can a man force his way into a strong man’s house and take his property? First he must bind the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
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Matthew 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mark 3:27 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.

“Anyone who is not with me is against me. If you are not gathering with me, you are scattering. Understand this: all kinds of sin and evil speaking may be forgiven, but speaking evil of the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. You may speak against the Son of Man and be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Not now. Not ever.”

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Matthew 12:30–32 “Anyone who is not with me is against me. If you are not gathering with me, you are scattering. Understand this: all kinds of sin and evil speaking may be forgiven, but speaking evil of the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. You may speak against the Son of Man and be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Not now. Not ever.
Mark 3:28–29 “Understand this: all kinds of sin and evil speaking may be forgiven, but speaking evil of the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. Not now. Not ever.”
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Matthew 12:30–32 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Mark 3:28–29 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

He said this because they said, “He has an evil spirit.”

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Mark 3:30 He said this because they said, “He has an evil spirit.”
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Mark 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

“Either a tree is good and its fruit is good, or the tree is bad and its fruit is bad. A tree must be judged by its fruit. You pit of snakes. If you are evil, how can you say anything good? As the heart overflows, the mouth speaks. From the treasury of a good heart, a good person brings forth good things. From the treasury of an evil heart, an evil person brings forth evil things. You can be sure, on Judgment Day, people will have to account for every word carelessly spoken. By your words, you will be either justified or condemned.”

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Matthew 12:33–37 “Either a tree is good, and its fruit is good, or the tree is bad, and its fruit is bad. A tree must be judged by its fruit. You pit of snakes. If you are evil, how can you say anything good? As the heart overflows, the mouth speaks. From the treasury of a good heart, a good person brings forth good things. From the treasury of an evil heart, an evil person brings forth evil things. You can be sure, on Judgment Day, people will have to account for every word carelessly spoken. “By your words, you will be either justified or condemned.”
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Matthew 12:33–37 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

At that time, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law said, “Teacher, show us a miraculous sign that will prove your authority.”

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Matthew 12:38 At that time, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law said, “Teacher, show us a miraculous sign that will prove your authority.”
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Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Jesus said, “Wicked and adulterous people demand miraculous signs, but no sign will come except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah spent three days and nights in the fish’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights. The people of Nineveh give evidence to condemn this generation, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. Behold, someone greater than Jonah is here, but you do not repent. The Queen of Sheba will testify and condemn this generation, because she came from far away to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone wiser than Solomon is here, but you refuse to listen.

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1 Kings 10:1 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, how he was abundantly blessed by the Lord, she went to test him with very difficult questions.
2 Chronicles 9:1 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she went to test him with very difficult questions. With a large caravan with camels bearing spices, precious stones, and a great wealth of gold, she went to see Solomon in Jerusalem, where she freely expressed everything that was on her mind.
Jonah 1:3–5 But Jonah decided to run from the Lord, so he went to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. After paying the fare, he went down into the belly of the ship to get as far away from the Lord as he could. The Lord brought hurricane winds upon the Mediterranean Sea, so strong that the ship was on the verge of breaking apart. Fearing for their lives, every seaman cried out to their gods. To lighten the load, they threw the ship’s cargo overboard. But Jonah remained in the belly of the ship, fast asleep.
Jonah 1:17 The Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and nights.
Matthew 12:39–42 Jesus said, “Wicked and adulterous people demand miraculous signs, but no sign will come except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah spent three days and nights in the fish’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights. The people of Nineveh give evidence to condemn this generation, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. Behold, someone greater than Jonah is here, but you do not repent. The Queen of Sheba will testify and condemn this generation, because she came from far away to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone wiser than Solomon is here, but you refuse to listen.
King James

1 Kings 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
2 Chronicles 9:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
Jonah 1:3–5 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Matthew 12:39–42 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it wanders through barren places in search of rest but finds none. It then says, ‘I know. I will return to the person I left.’ It finds its former home empty, swept clean and ready to be occupied. So it finds seven spirits more evil than itself, and they go to live there. That person is worse off than before. This is what will happen to the evil people of this generation.”

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Matthew 12:43-45 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it wanders through barren places in search of rest but finds none. It then says, ‘I know. I will return to the person I left.’ It finds its former home empty, swept clean and ready to be occupied. So it finds seven spirits more evil than itself, and they go to live there. That person is worse off than before. This is what will happen to the evil people of this generation.”
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Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.