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(Note: This is a guest post written by Erik.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Erik for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by [k]Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” 23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but [l]he is finished! 27 But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

-Mark 3:22-27 from the NASB

It was an often occurrence that Jesus would have to address the lies and evil accusations of the scribes and Pharisees. Here, scribes travel all the way from Jerusalem, to Capernaum, around a 150 km journey (approximately a 3-5 days journey by foot!) This was a habitual pattern of the scribes of the day to judge the cities Jesus taught (Matthew 15:1-20, John 7:19-24, John 10:19-20). They would declare them as seduced city, if they believed in any other doctrine other than their own. This is far from the case seeing Capernaum’s response to Jesus, and Jesus’ condemnation of them. (Matthew 11:23-24, Luke 4:14-37)

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