Physical Concerns Vs. Spiritual Opportunities

Three areas of concern call for our consideration in Mark 3:19b-30: “….and they went into an house 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.’And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth He out devils. 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. 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. 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: because they said, He hath an unclean spirit” Jesus appointed twelve for special ministry. After this they went into a house and were surrounded by a multitude outside. Many were seeking Jesus’ help, others were looking for a way to criticize and condemn. Friends were there, as well, concerned about Jesus’ well-being. If God, the Father, planned for these crowds to be there (and He did), there is no need to be concerned about Jesus’ well-being. The scribes accused Jesus of working in harmony with Beelzebub. In other words, they attributed the working of the Holy Spirit to the prince of the devils. This earned them a strong rebuke and a warning of eternal damnation. There never lacks people who would undermine God’s working, if they thought they could. To oppose God is to fight a losing battle and is done at great risk! This excerpt from Paul Gerhardt’s hymn, “If God Be on My Side,” applies to those who are God’s, and Jesus knew that the Father was there for Him: “If God be on my side, then let who will oppose, for oft ere now to Him I cried, and He hath quelled my foes. If Jesus be my Friend, if God doth love me well, what matters all my foes intend, tho’ strong they be and fell.” Selah! There is nothing that can touch the lives of the redeemed that He won’t remove, or enable us to handle it, as long as we trust Him.   Ron

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