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Lesson # Mark 3:22-23
Study Material - Mark 3:22-23
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22 And [kai] the scribes [grammateus] which [ho] came down [katabaino] from [apo] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] said [lego] , [hoti] He hath [echo] Beelzebub [Beelzeboul] , [hoti] and [kai] by [en] the prince [archon] of the devils [daimonion] casteth he out [ekballo] devils [daimonion] .
23 And [kai] he called [proskaleomai] them [autos] unto him, and said [lego] unto them [autos] in [en] parables [parabole] , How [pos] can [dunamai] Satan [Satanas] cast out [ekballo] Satan [Satanas] ? KJV-Interlinear
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, 'He is possessed by Beelzebul,' and 'He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.' 23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, 'How can Satan cast out Satan? NAS
Now we are getting right down in real dirt of the attitude of the scribes. It is not obvious here unless you have an understanding of the terms - Beelzebub and Beelzebul. They are spelled a bit differently but they have a relationship in a sense.
The former, Beelzebub means the lord of the flies. It is a god of the Philistines at Ekron, and condemned by Elijah. This god is related to swarms of flies that occasionally come in hot and dry climates. It became a term of derision after time and came to be called Beelzebul meaning god of dung, or the lord of the dwelling place of evil spirits.
The scribes were in effect calling Jesus a servant of the ruler of a pile of dung. We have our contemporary terms which have similar meanings and I will presume that you all know of which I speak.
The country scribes were in awe of sorts, of Christ, but did not come right out to condemn Him or even to insult Him in public. They just wanted Him to go away so they could have their little muddle kingdoms back, complete with all the miseries that accompanied them.
Interesting that people ant their authority and power and will keep it even to the extent that they do not wish improvement of their constituents which would otherwise cancel the need for the rulers. Job security I suppose.
Now out come the big guns from Jerusalem. These are the elite of the elite. They are the highly educated, the very wise (in their own eyes and of society). They have the original texts of the scriptures or the various Greek translations. They have Daniel, Isaiah, Moses and so forth. They know how to read, how to interpret, how to calculate time and view the signs of the day. Yet they know none of these things because they misapply the scriptures due to their lack of faith first of all and consequently due to their lack of a human spirit, which is a mandatory piece of equipment in the human makeup needed to understand spiritual phenomena.
This results in their being trapped in the field of the academia, and only one side of the knowledge coin. The spiritual side being the other side of the coin. Both sides of course are required in order to understand life.
Jesus will teach us all (in the next chapter) that those who lack understanding can only be taught by parable (academic teaching or the teaching of little children). Believers in fellowship have the means and mechanism for understanding spiritual information, but unbelievers (and naive believers) have to be taught by parable, academic approaches, stories, examples of life that help us to understand the spiritual side of life. Most of the Mosaic writings are used for this purpose (the feasts and sacrifices and washings and various rituals and such) are used as teaching aids.
They have no proof, only theory. Most of the crowd came to Jesus in their innocence of need. These scribes came to Jesus out of their envy and malice of heart. Most came for help. These scribes came to do harm and to prevent improvement in the lives of the people. The scribes wished to preserve their own positions, caring nothing for the lives of the general population.
So Jesus begins by challenging their logic. They cannot understand spiritual truths, nor do they wish to understand them, but Jesus will argue His position using the simplest of methods - parables. He will not convince those who are negative and adamantly against Him, but these stories will help many (throughout human history) who are positive and wish to learn, understand and to advance to something better in their lives.
They accuse Jesus of being the lowly follower of the ruler of a heap of dung, but in fact it is they who reside inside that very heap. They are just too close to the smell such that they cannot smell their own home.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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