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The Parable of the Unclean Spirit Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 12, 2010


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KJV Matthew 12:43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

In this parable Jesus tells about an unclean spirit that is cast out of a man. The unclean spirit walks through dry places (which has it’s own spiritual meaning) looking for rest, and finds none. The unclean spirit decides to return to what is referred to as, “my house.” The unclean spirit left a man, and returned to a house. He finds the house clean, swept and decorated. The unclean spirit takes seven other spirits with him, for a total of eight. The seven other spirits are more wicked than the first. The parable returns to the state of a man, who is worse off than at the beginning.

This parable contains a number of key words, the major portion of it can be understood by studying two, rest and house.

Rest

Luke 23:56 KJV And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.

Leviticus 23:3 KJV Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Hebrews 4:8-12 KJV For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (9) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jeremiah 50:6 KJV My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

Isaiah 57:2 KJV He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Deuteronomy 12:9 KJV For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.

Psalms 116:7 KJV Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Isaiah 11:2 KJV And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

There are two types of rest illustrated in the Bible, God’s seventh day Sabbath rest, and the security of dwelling with God, which brings about wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, and might.

House

House

House

Genesis 7:1 KJV And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Numbers 2:34 KJV And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

Ezra 5:2 KJV Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Ezra 7:16 KJV And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:

Psalms 84:10 KJV For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalms 92:13 KJV Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

1 Peter 2:5 KJV Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 3:6 KJV But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

The word house is used to represent a family, the temple in Jerusalem, God’s kingdom in Heaven, and the spiritual house made up of Jesus’ followers.

At times looking up the definition of a word in the original language will reveal interesting information, and a better understanding.

House: G3624 Of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literally or figuratively); by implication a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively): – home, house (-hold), temple.

In this case the word used to record what Jesus said agrees with the spiritual definition provided by comparing texts.


KJV Matthew 12:43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

To complete the study, substitute the spiritual meaning of the words into the parable.

When the unclean spirit in gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking the Sabbath and a relationship with God, and finds none. Then he says, I will return into the temple from where I came out; and when he has returned, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also with this wicked generation.

The word house has more than one meaning. The other definitions can also be tested in the parable.

When the unclean spirit in gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking the Sabbath and a relationship with God, and finds none. Then he says, I will return to the family from where I came out; and when he has returned, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also with this wicked generation.

We can see by the context of this parable, the definition of God’s kingdom in Heaven is not suitable, and the definition of Jesus’ followers is unlikely. It is essential to understand and follow the rules of proper context.

4 Responses to “The Parable of the Unclean Spirit Matthew 12”

  1. I think the key to understanding this parable is the word translated in the NIV as “unoccupied.” We must be occupied by the Spirit of Christ: http://www.lampofthebody.com/49-parable-of-the-unclean-spirit.html

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      I usually don’t allow links — but this is a good exception. Lamp of the Body has some good study material from a different aspect. None of us can get all the details into a single study and those of you who do study know — when you write, there are certain aspects too deep to put into words. Parables were meant to teach a lot of different aspects — parables are a way of opening the door to God’s Spirit and let HIM teach. Hope to hear from you again David.

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      • Thank you. I try to be faithful to our Jesus. Our sin gets in the way, but what I’m finding is that when we look at Scripture from the eyes of the repentant sinner, he helps us understand that we are his beloved, he shows us our sin. And wants us to share that very Good News. Thank you for your work.

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      • adventbiblestudy said

        I usually approach each study like I don’t know a think, with an open mind, never knowing what to expect. I will have to try the lowly sinner. I’ve also noticed how I have to go through a series of events in my life to get into the proper frame of mind… really hard when the lessons are on the woman in Tyre, or on widows. Getting knocked down that low is never fun, but shows how God is always in control.

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