82 Freed from an evil spirit, a man is able to speak.

1 Kings 10:1; Jonah 1:17; Luke 11:14–36

What circumstances might have led to Jesus commanding an evil spirit to leave a man (Luke 11:14)?

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How did Jesus know the cause of the affliction if the man couldn’t speak (Luke 11:14)?

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What did people think about Jesus’ power (Luke 11:14–16)? Why were their viewpoints different?

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How was Jesus aware of what people were thinking (Luke 11:17)?

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How much did Jesus know about Satan’s kingdom (Luke 11:17–18)?

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Why did Jesus compare his actions with what the Jews were doing to cast out evil spirits (Luke 11:19)?

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What did Jesus’ actions have to do with the coming of God’s Kingdom (Luke 11:20)?

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Upon what do security guarantees depend (Luke 11:21–22)?

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Write the question.Is there a “gray” area between being for or against God (Luke 11:23)? Why or why not?

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How could the departure of an evil spirit be a problem (Luke 11:24–26)? What is the solution?

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Why did a woman view the mother of Jesus as being most blessed (Luke 11:27)?

Who did Jesus say was more blessed than Mary, his mother (Luke 11:28)? Why did he say that?

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What makes Jonah’s story a “miraculous sign” (Luke 11:29–30)? What does that sign have to do with Jesus?

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How often do you think Jesus talked about the importance of “letting our light shine” (Luke 11:33)?

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What do the eyes had to do with the giving and receiving of light (Luke 11:34–36)?

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One day, Jesus met a man who was unable to speak because of an evil spirit. At Jesus’ command, the evil spirit left, and the man began to speak. The crowd was amazed. Some of them said, “He gets his authority from Beelzebub, the ruler of evil spirits.” Others wanted to test him by asking for a miraculous sign from Heaven.

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Luke 11:14–16 One day, Jesus met a man who was unable to speak because of an evil spirit. At Jesus’ command, the evil spirit left, and the man began to speak. The crowd was amazed. Some of them said, “He gets his authority from Beelzebub, the ruler of evil spirits.” Others wanted to test him by asking for a miraculous sign from Heaven.
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Luke 11:14–16 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

Aware of what they were thinking, he said, “A kingdom working against itself will soon be destroyed. Any city or family who fights internally cannot last very long. If Satan wars against himself, his kingdom cannot survive. You say Beelzebub gives me power over evil spirits. If Beelzebub is my power over evil spirits, by whom do your followers cast them out? They prove you have 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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Luke 11:17–20 Aware of what they were thinking, he said, “A kingdom working against itself will soon be destroyed. Any city or family who fights internally cannot last very long. If Satan wars against himself, his kingdom cannot survive. You say Beelzebub gives me power over evil spirits. If Beelzebub is my power over evil spirits, by whom do your followers cast them out? They prove you have 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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Luke 11:17–20 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

“When a fully armed strong man guards his house, his property is safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, the owner will lose his weapons and personal belongings.

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Luke 11:21–22 “When a fully armed strong man guards his house, his property is safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, the owner will lose his weapons and personal belongings.
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Luke 11:21–22 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

“Anyone who is not with me is against me. If you are not gathering with me, you are scattering.

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Luke 11:23 “Anyone who is not with me is against me. If you are not gathering with me, you are scattering.
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Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it wanders through barren places, seeks 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 in to live there. That person is worse off than before.”

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Luke 11:24–26 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it wanders through barren places, seeks 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 in to live there. That person is worse off than before.”
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Luke 11:24–26 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him 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.

While Jesus was teaching, a woman shouted from the crowd, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.”

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Luke 11:27 While Jesus was teaching, a woman shouted from the crowd, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.”
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Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

“No,” he said, “the most blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey him.”

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Luke 11:28 “No,” he said, “the most blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey him.”
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Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

As the crowd grew larger and pressed in, Jesus said, “This is a wicked and adulterous people who demand miraculous signs. No sign will come except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineveh, so shall the Son of Man be to this generation. 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. 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.

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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.
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.
Luke 11:29–32 As the crowd grew larger and pressed in, Jesus said, “This is a wicked and adulterous people who demand miraculous signs. No sign will come except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineveh, so shall the Son of Man be to this generation. 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. 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.
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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.
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.
Luke 11:29–32 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

“People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. Your eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, darkness fills your body. So make certain that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If your whole body is filled with light, with no darkness in the corners, your life will radiate the light like a lamp on a stand that brightens your whole house.”

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Luke 11:33–36 “People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. Your eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, darkness fills your body. So make certain that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If your whole body is filled with light, with no darkness in the corners, your life will radiate the light like a lamp on a stand that brightens your whole house.”
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Luke 11:33–36 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.