And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”
If a football player shoots into his own goal, his side will lose. A traitor in the castle and the castle will fall. The accusation made by the scribes is foolish, because Satan, otherwise known as Beelzebul, is in control of his own demons.
It is also the worst possible kind of sin to call bad what is so good. (The next 3 verses will have a solemn warning)
The King of Demons opposed God and was thrown down from heaven. He speaks against God, and has built his high castle, where he offers to those who will serve him a good life, security and a joyous liberation from God’s laws. But he is a deceiver, for that is what his name means.
Who can bind him? Who can set free his captives and their wealth? Who is this Mighty Person stronger than the strong? What does the parable mean?