Quizz by MG

To the Daily Lily Bible Bloggers, here are some passages of Scripture that seem obscure or might have several layers of interpretation. Does anyone have a response to what Jesus meant when He said in Luke 11:19-20,

“Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebub how do your sons drive them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.”

Thanks for your insights into these Scripture passages.


14 thoughts on “Quizz by MG”

  1. One idea is that Jesus may have been trying to get them to see that why would Satan want to destroy his own army by dividing them and kicking some out of the ranks. That would only seem to weaken his control. And if Satan were doing this than in order to maintain a unified front he would most likely be operating through the ‘sons’ as well.

  2. ” People only see what they are prepared to see” Emerson, Ralph Waldo

    “You see but you don’t see, you hear but you don’t hear.” Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:13)

    Debi said,” Jesus may have been trying to get them to see!” That is great Debi, even Jesus can’t make or won’t make a man see that for which he is not prepared to see!!!!!

  3. I’d like to read Sara’s and others interpretation of an age-old mystifying Scripture….
    “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered.”
    (Matthew 24:28)

  4. The other scripture that talks about the eagles gathering to the body is Luke 17:37. The context of this scripture is “…I tell you in that night there will be two men in one bed; the one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding together; the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field; the one will be taken and the other left.”
    Then the disciples ask Jesus a question “Where, Lord”. His reply to them is the eagle scripture. It sems to me in both passages that this is an indicator of His return and if we are not ready to be gathered to Him we will not be with Him.

  5. Jesus was telling the ones accusing Him of casting out demons by the prince of demons that .. He was doing exactly what their own sons were doing (and it must have been that their sons were doing pretty good on casting out demons beliving it was with the power of God)….and they knew their sons believed it was with the power of God by which they cast out demons….and those accusing thought to protect themselves by not answering Jesus but all they did was put themselves in a position to be judged by their own sons…….had they said it was Gods power they condemned their sons because Jesus was doing what they did…and by keeping silent they condemned themselves……

  6. to me it means .. Isaiah 40;31….Those who wait upon the Lord (those who sleep in the Lord)…shall renew their strenght they shall mount up with wings as eagles….(they shall rise to meet Him /Christ in the air….The Body of Christ/the Bride….shall gathere together….Where the body of Christ is there the eagles(spirits) will gather……(my thinking)…dj

  7. Wow, these are very interesting comments on the possible meaning of the Scriptures.
    Another Scripture that I would like to get a better understanding of is in Luke 13:33, where Jesus says, “Nevertheless, I must continue on My way today and tomorrow and the day after that…..for it will never do for a prophet to be destroyed away from Jerusalem.”
    Any takers?

  8. Jesus said in the preceding verse that on the third day He would be perfected. He steadfastly set His face as a flint to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) for He knew His final destiny and the location was Jerusalem. Peter did not want Jesus to go up to Jerusalem to be destroyed (Matt 16:22) but Jesus had this to say to him (Matthew 16:23) and his soulish self:
    “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
    Jesus took his three day journey: death, a burial that unlocked the gates of hell ,and a resurrection that opened the gates of Heaven for all who will believe.

  9. MG,
    You have asked if we have a response to what Jesus meant when He said this scripture. I’d like to quote the footnotes for verses 15-20. Maybe this will help with the meaning of the scripture?
    “Some of the Pharisees’ followers also were exorcists– that is, they drove out demons, the Pharisees’ accusations were becoming more desperate. To accuse Jesus of being empowered by Satan, the prince of demons, because Jesus was driving out demons was also to say that the Pharisees’ own exorcists were doing Satan’s work. Jesus turned the religious leaders’ accusation against them. Jesus first dismissed their claim as absurd (Why would the devil drive out his own demons?). Then he engaged in a little irony (“What about your own exorcists?”). Finally, he concluded that his work of driving out demons proved that the Kingdom of God had arrived.”
    “Satan, who had controlled the kingdom of this world for thousands of years, was now being controlled and overpowered by Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ Kingdom began to come into power at Jesus’ birth and grew as he resisted the wilderness temptations. It established itself through his teachings and healings, blossomed in victory at his resurrection and at Pentecost, and will become permanent and universal at his second coming.”
    Another scripture reference given is Exodus 8:19. I’d like to quote the footnotes for the scripture here. “Some people think, ‘If only I could see a miracle, I could believe in God.’ God gave Pharaoh just such an opportunity. When gnats infested Egypt, even the magicians agreed that this was God’s work (‘the finger of God’) but still Pharaoh refused to believe. He was stubborn, and stubbornness can blind a person to the truth. When you rid yourself of stubbornness, you may be surprised by abundant evidence of God’s work in your life.”
    Maybe the Pharisees were like Pharaoh…….stubborn? Maybe they just flat out refused to accept truth? Pharaoh even had the luxury of “seeing” it. This reminds me of the scripture in John. John 20: 29, “Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” The scripture goes on to say in verse 30 &31…”The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.”

  10. MG,
    Matthew 24:28 reads like this in the Life Application Study Bible: “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.” The footnotes for verses 24-28 explains these verses like this: “In times of persecution even strong believers will find it difficult to be loyal. to keep from being deceived by false messiahs, we must understand that Jesus’ return will be unmistakable; no one will doubt that it is he. If you have to be told that the Messiah has come, then he hasn’t. Christ’s coming will be obvious to everyone.”

    Maybe?? In other words, there is no way anyone will misundertand when the second coming of Jesus happens. In Philippians 2: 9-11 says: “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Now, if everyone…in heaven, on earth, and under the earth will bow and confess..there will be no doubt that Jesus has returned, just as He has promised!

  11. Now for Luke 13:33. “Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. for it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!” (The Life Application Study Bible) The footnotes for this verse reads: “Why was Jesus focusing on Jerusalem? Jerusalem, the city of God, symbolized the entire nation. It was Israel’s largest city, the nation’s spiritual and political capital, and Jews from around the world frequently visited it. But Jerusalem had a history of rejecting God’s prophets. It would reject the Messiah, just as it had rejected his forerunners.”
    MG, Jesus knew the plan for His life. In verse 31 we see that the Pharisees wanted Him to leave, but listen to verse 32: ” Jesus replied, ‘Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose.”

  12. Needles your thoughts and shared commentaries give great insights on MG’s questions/scriptures. The relationship of stubborness to blindness makes you see that it stands as a giant, roadblocking faith, linked arms with rebellion. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” No wonder Satan wants to keep people blinded and in the clutches of stubborness…it paves another road to hell for someone.

  13. NEEDLES…thanks for sharing these wonderful insights into these mystical Scriptures. God’s Word is amazing and TRUE and when the light comes forth from the Word of God….it illumines our lives so that we may see to walk uprightly and in straight paths….”Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.”

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