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Kingdom Divided Mark 3

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 18, 2009


KJV Mark 3:23-30

23. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 27. 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. 28. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

The first step in interpreting a parable is to write your understanding. Pay particular attention to aspects you understand and questions you may have concerning the text. Keep in mind a parable is intended to make an impression upon the people it is presented to as well as those through out the ages.

How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided it cannot stand. This will include the kingdom Satan has claimed. If a house is divided, the house cannot stand. If Satan rises up against himself he cannot stand but will reach an end Has this already happened? Is this the way of Satan? No man can enter into a strong man’s house and steal his goods unless he first ties the strong man and then robs his house. All sins will be forgiven, however those that speak against the Holy Ghost will never receive forgiveness but are in danger of eternal damnation.

Look at the text to identify the key words. In this text some of the key words are, kingdom, divided and house. Use the key words to locate other text utilizing the same words to reveal the spiritual interpretation.

Kingdom

KJV Exodus 19:6. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

God originally intended the Israelites to become a kingdom of priests. This plan never materialized. Lack of interest in God, a need to serve idols and other problems separated Israel from God.

KJV 1 Samuel 28:17. And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

KJV 2 Samuel 7:12. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

KJV 1 Kings 11:31. And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

KJV 2 Kings 19:15

15. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the Cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

The Bible shows, God is in control of all the nations of the earth. He gives them to whom He wishes. History has shown the recipients do not always remember or appreciate the gift God has given them.

KJV Psalms 22:28. For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.

KJV Psalms 102:22. When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

KJV Psalms 103:19. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

KJV Jeremiah 1:10. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

The kingdom of God rules over the entire earth.

KJV Daniel 7:18. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

KJV Matthew 5:3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

KJV Matthew 5:10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

KJV Matthew 13:11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

The kingdom of Heaven is promised to God’s followers. The knowledge to understand this is given to His followers.

KJV Deuteronomy 3:21. And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the Lord do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest. 22. Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.

KJV 1 Samuel 10:17. And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh; 18. And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:

KJV Isaiah 10:10. As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

KJV Ezekiel 29:14. And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. 15. It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.

KJV Daniel 11:20. Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. 21. And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

God protects His people from the nations opposing Him and His followers.

Kingdom = leadership appointment by God. The kingdom of Heaven is promised as a gift to God’s people. Kingdoms standing against God persecute His followers.

Divided

KJV Genesis 1:4

4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

KJV Genesis 1:7

7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

KJV Deuteronomy 32:8

8. When the most high divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

KJV Joshua 18:10

10. And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions.

KJV Joshua 23:4

4. Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.

KJV Daniel 5:28

28. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

God divided the light from the darkness, the waters, nations, the land and kingdoms. The word divided illustrates God’s power.

Divided = God’s power

House

KJV Micah 4:1-2

1. But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

KJV Haggai 2:6-9

6. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. 8. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. 9. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.

KJV Zechariah 1:16-17

6. Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. 17. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

KJV 2 Corinthians 5:1

1. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

KJV Galatians 6:10

10. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

House = God’s house, religion, following, faith.

Collect the interpretation of all the key words.

Kingdom = leadership appointment by God. The kingdom of Heaven is promised as a gift to God’s people. Kingdoms standing against God persecute His followers.

Divided = God’s power

House = God’s house, religion, following, faith.

Paraphrase the text substituting the spiritual interpretation for the physical key words.

Jesus spoke to them in a parable. How can Satan cast out Satan? If they persecute God’s people and stand against God’s power, that leadership appointment by God cannot stand. If a religion is against God’s power, that religion cannot stand. If Satan rises up against himself, and stands against God’s power, this will be the end of him. No man can enter a faith and steal his goods, unless he first ties the strong man and then spoils the faith. All sins shall be forgiven, but those who speak against the Holy Ghost will never receive forgiveness, but are in danger of eternal damnation.

This interpretation clearly explains a prophecy. God knows Satan will attempt to control both governments (kingdoms) and religions (house) to persecute God’s followers. This parable also raises some questions. What does the strong man represent and what are the goods being stolen?

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