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Mark 3:20-30 Blaspheme Against the Holy Spirit

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 28, 2012


Mark 3:20-30 NLTse One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. (21) When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said. (22) But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.” (23) Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. (24) “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. (25) Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. (26) And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. (27) Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger–someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. (28) “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, (29) but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” (30) He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

 

The line that seems to attract the majority of attention in Mark Chapter three is, “anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.” The question is and always has been, what is blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? I cannot imagine how anyone in their right mind would attempt to provide a complete answer. This has always appeared to be a personal matter between the Holy Spirit and the individual. It may help to look at the definition of the word while praying on the subject.

 

blasphemes

G987 âëáóöçìå´ù blasphe¯meo¯blas-fay-meh’-o

From G989; to vilify; specifically to speak impiously: – (speak) blaspheme (-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.

Blaspheme simply means to speak against the Holy Spirit. This takes on a broad range of applications. How does someone speak against the Holy Spirit?

 

Looking at the rest of the texts I noticed the word house is repeated three times. That usually indicates a spiritual theme. At the beginning of this event Jesus enters a house with His disciples. It is so crowded they don’t have enough room to eat. Everyone inside is excited to meet Jesus and hear Him speak. Well almost everyone. The religious leaders sent to determine if Jesus is a prophet are still hard at work trying to turn people away from Him. At this point they decided on a bold tactic, accusing Jesus of healing by Satan’s power. Let’s consider this statement for a moment. Remember the leper Jesus healed and sent to the priests? This is the event that led the priests to investigate Jesus. They had to prove if Jesus was a prophet or not. Something about Jesus did not agree with the religious leaders. After watching Jesus heal a number of people it became apparent they could not deny His power, so they attacked the source without realizing what they were really doing. Mark consistently tells us Jesus performed a single miracle inside the synagogue while healing multitudes at homes, in the open fields, and at the lake.

 

When accused of being possessed by Satan, Jesus asked them how that was possible. Why would Satan attract people by sending someone to cast out his own demons? Especially those he already controlled. Did the religious leaders oppose Jesus because they felt they were loosing control of the people following them? Of course they would blame it on someone instead of looking at themselves. Satan seemed to be the perfect excuse. It is always easier to blame problems on others rather than pray and wait for an answer.

 

To make His point, Jesus uses the example of a country divided by civil war. What causes this type of division? Usually one class of society is suppressed to such a degree they no longer fear death. The divisions run so deep war seems to be the only solution. Jesus also used the example of a divided family. Once again, divisions are caused by one member feeling they are not being treated the way they feel they deserve. What do these examples have in common? One or both sides of the conflict forgot what it means to be a servant. The other side feels mistreated. Often one side is taking advantage of the other. Governments often forget their main role is to serve the people who support their lavish life styles. Families often forget marriages are based on servicing one another.

 

After teaching these examples, Jesus points back to Satan. Are Satan’s followers divided? When we look back we see Satan waited until Eve was alone before tempting her. Eve may have thought giving the fruit to Adam to eat would bring their unity back, but it resulted in both being separated from God. Is Jesus using these examples to show us how Satan uses divisions to his advantage? What is Satan’s goal? To separate all if us from God. What about Jesus’ followers today, what is usually referred to as a church. How does Satan use division to separate Jesus’ followers? These verses also tell us something about Jesus’ family. “When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.” What can we learn about divisions from this example. Why was Mark influenced to explain this type of division here?

 

Later in this text Jesus refers to entering Satan’s house to plunder it. What would Jesus take from Satan’s house? What is Satan’s house? Is Jesus referring to the world and saving souls Satan thinks he owns?

 

Jesus is trying to teach the religious leaders about divisions. Were they convinced their union with the government was a sign their judgment of Jesus was correct? At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus. (Mark 3:6 NLTse). What do people do when they want to continue doing something they know is wrong? They recruit the advise of other people as if general opinion is greater than God’s will, even His plan of salvation. What better way of convincing yourself your course is correct than to convince your enemy you are right. What a confidence builder for mankind. What an excuse to throw aside every shred of common sense and head down the road of destruction at full speed. Misconceived unity and division are a basic tool Satan uses. He’s used these methods since the beginning of his deception.

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