54 The happiness of hearing the word of God

Luke 11:14-28
Isaiah 49:24-26
‡T The question and answer of Beelzebul

@The first thing that Jesus said Martha "only a few things are necessary, really only one" (10:42), it was teaching about the prayer. The thing that Luke takes up next is a Pharisee and an article of an intense confrontation with the Sopher. It seems that Luke is drawing "an important thing" here, while probably repeating many fragmentary articles including a former thing. This morning, in the beginning, it is from "The question and answer of Beelzebul".

@"And He was casting out a demon, and it was dumb;" (14), the activity of Jesus that was done always in Galilee district has started. At the article of Matthew (12:22-30), Galilee was that stage, but Luke may be writing this article, that the activity in towns villages of the Jewish district of Jesus who had a cross close at hand was like this. "And it came about that when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke; and multitudes marveled. But some of them said, 'He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demon.'" (14-15); the crowd who does not know Jesus of Galilee appear here. Anyway, in behind of Jesus criticism, Pharisees always appear and disappear... "By Beelzebul", when they stuck a label to be heretical on unlike oneself, this was the usual practice that they often used. And there should be a reaction of joy and thanks to a suffering person who have been healed from illness, and it is naturally, I think; but, they become excited only to remove Jesus, and it seems only their self-protection. Beelzebul is misunderstood with another name of the Satan, but originally it is name of a god "Baeal az-Zubab" of the paganism (Cannan) (noble master); from "a thing of paganism", it seems to point to the head of the Satan kingdom. Would they consider the paganism and the heresy are enemy of the Judaism without distinction, too? The reason why they did not take out the name of Satan would be that they did not want to admit Jesus has such great power. There is it, "And others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven" (16); but this is a way of speaking to require evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. With a nuance "not to be the Messiah possibly". Now, when Jesus was going to Jerusalem, such a strain was accompanied day after day including the confusion of Pharisees; we hear a message of Luke which is said the event of cross has already begun here.

‡U The battle of our Lord

@However, Jesus saw the ugly hostility smoked in them, and said. "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kindom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I by Beezebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Consequently they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own homestead, his possessions are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied, and distributes his plunder. He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatter. " (17-23)

@If Jesus is Beelzebul, to cast out demons is right the division of the Satan kingdom, and it is nothing but struggle for power. And Jesus said, such division disturbance may be rather in you. "If you say that the gaffer of the demon has authority to send a demon, your friend does the same thing. Whose help do your friends borrow to cast out demon?" According to their logic, their friends who sent out demons by the name of God and were praised, in fact, it is expected that they did the work of the Satan, Jesus had pointed out. However, there were persons who do not take part in them, including Nikodemos and Joseph of Arimathea, (John 19:38 -42). It will point at it that Jesus said "by the finger of God".

@Jewish leaders repeated struggle for power that oneself were Pharisee group, or Sudducee; but, end-all, Jew world in itself became the stage of the battle of God and Satan. If we hear "a strong person" means Satan and "a stronger person" means Jesus, a figure of Jesus floats as a battle with strong determination that He gets victory, there. Isaiah drew a state of the victory (49:24 -26, 53:12), but would he have been conscious of it? The victory moves by His cross, a message of Luke seems to be put in here.


‡V The happiness of hearing the word of God

@The victory of Jesus does not change. It was that God had established it farther than Isaiah before. However, the battle that a Satan challenges is repeated obstinately on the stage of modern of "us", too; and probably, it will continue until the time when we are put up to the country of God. Would Jesus be conscious of it? He told another allegory. "When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first." (24-26)

@"When the unclean spirit goes out of a man", it points to having been thrown by "a stronger person". "Waterless place (the wilderness) is a home of Satan (demons) (4:1), but we must pay attention to the greed which influences a human being, and it is their true character. If we make it clear, we can imagine it easily that when Satan was defeated by the battle with Jesus in the wilderness, "he departed from Him until an opportune time" (4:13) and he moved his battle to the we human being world. This allegory tells all about our state that has provided a home to Satan. It has a problem. It is that "it swept and put in order". It is thought that it will point at our faith, but it is that it becomes still more comfortable place for demons. If it is "the faith" in the field of religion called Christianity, will not it be possible? Surely such believers would be lost in a church of Luke Era. Possibly, it might point at faith of the Judea-style legalism..

@That Luke inserted this strange small question and answer abruptly here is nothing but a prescription to defeat the battle with such Satan. "And it came about while He said these things, one of women in the crowd raised her voice, and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed.' But He said, 'On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it.'" (27-28) Listen to the word of God and obey it, it is the only way to gain the victory to the battle with Satan. It is thought that Luke includes to be filled by the Holy Spirit (11:13), here; even if lacks one of those, the faith to believe Jesus does not establish. We hear the Bible and receive the guidance of Holy Spirit, from there, our faith to believe that the cross of Jesus is the permission of our sins establishes it for the first time. We want to remember it.