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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
35

He went into a house, and again a crowd gathered,
so that they were not able to eat bread.
His relatives hearing went out to get him;
for they said, "He is out of it."

Then was brought to him a demoniac blind and dumb;
and he healed him, so that the one dumb spoke and saw.

All the crowds were astonished and said,
"Is this the son of David?"

The scholars and Pharisees who came down from Jerusalem
said, "He expels the demons by Beelzebub,
the ruler of the demons."

But aware of their thoughts he said to them,
"How can Satan expel Satan?
If a sovereignty is divided against itself,
that sovereignty cannot stand;
and if a house is divided against itself,
that house cannot stand.
Also if Satan stood up against himself and was divided,
how then would his kingdom stand?
If I expel demons by Beelzebub,
by whom do your sons expel them?
Because of this they will be your judges.
But if I expel demons by the Spirit of God,
then the sovereignty of God has come upon you.

"How can someone enter the house of the strong
and rob his property, unless one first binds the strong?
Then one will rob his house.

"When the armed strong man guards his courtyard,
his belongings are in order;
but when a stronger one than he attacking overcomes him,
one takes his armor, upon which he had relied,
and distributes his spoils.

"Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever is not gathering with me scatters.

"Because of this I tell you,
every sin and slander will be forgiven people,
but the slander of the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Whoever says a word against the human son,
it will be forgiven one;
but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit,
it will not be forgiven one
neither in this age nor in the coming one.

"Either make the tree beautiful and its fruit beautiful,
or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten;
for by the fruit the tree is known.

"Products of vipers,
how can you speak good things being bad?
For from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
The good person from the good treasure puts out good things,
and the bad person from the bad treasure puts out bad things.

"But I tell you that every idle saying which people speak,
they will pay for concerning its meaning
on the day of judgment;
for by your words you will be justified,
and by your words you will be condemned."

Then some of the scholars and Pharisees answered him,
"Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

He answered them,
"A bad and adulterous generation demands a sign,
and a sign will not be given to it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
For as Jonah was in the belly of a sea monster
three days and three nights,
so will the human son be in the heart of the earth
three days and three nights.

"The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it;
for they changed their minds at the preaching of Jonah,
and look, one greater than Jonah is here.

"The queen of the south will arise at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it;
for she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and look, one greater than Solomon is here.

"When an unclean spirit comes out of a person,
it goes through waterless places searching for rest,
and does not find it.
Then it says,
'I will return to my house where I came from;'
and going it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then it goes and brings along with it
seven spirits worse than itself,
and entering it lives there;
and the last state of that person
becomes worse than the first.
Thus will it be also for this bad generation."

While he was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and brothers stood outside
trying to speak with him,
and they were not able to join him because of the crowd.

Someone reported to him,
"Look, your mother and your brothers
are standing outside wishing to see you."

He answered the one talking to him,
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"

Looking around at those sitting in a circle around him
he said, "Look, my mother and my brothers.
Whoever does the will of my Father
is my brother and sister and mother."

A woman raising her voice from the crowd said to him,
"Blessed is the womb that bore you
and the breasts that nourished you."

But he said,
"Blessed are those hearing the word of God and keeping it."

35. Expelling Demons Harmony 35 * Interpretation 35
36. Parable of the Sower Harmony 36 * Synthesis 36 * Interpretation 36

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