“And if any city or house is divided against itself, that house will not stand. It falls.” Mt 12:25, Mk 3:25, Lk 11:17
This verse is often repeated, applied to a variety of different contexts
It’s used as a leadership principle on the strength that comes from unity.
It’s used as a relational principle on the need for harmony in marriage, safeguarding against divorce.
It’s used as an athletic principle on the priority of teamwork in achieving success.
It’s used as a political principle on the necessity of rallying behind a candidate or policy to gain victory. (i.e. if the Republican or Democratic party aren’t united and thus produce a third party presidential candidate, that division would be their downfall)
Many contexts. Many applications. But what was the context that prompted Jesus to speak these words?
The Pharisees and the Scribes brought this accusation against Jesus. “He is possessed by Beelzebub. This man casts out demons only by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
Jesus replied, “How can Satan cast out Satan?”
The spiritual principle that Jesus is illustrating is this. The work of God will be self-evident, and the work of Satan will be self-evident. God will not build up or tear down in a way contrary to His nature, His will or His plan. Satan will not build up or tear down in a way contrary to his nature, his will or his plan.
We can have confidence in God’s character. He’s our Father. We’re dearly loved children. He has promised to work all things together for our good. He is good!
And we know Satan’s plan too. He’s come to steal, kill and destroy. He’s a liar and a thief.
God is at work all around us. God is for us. God will act according to His holiness, His love, His righteousness, His goodness, His power.
Do not doubt for a minute the Father’s intentions or His actions. He’s a good, good Father. That’s who He is!
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