Jesus Brings the Everlasting Kingdom

Matthew 12:22-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

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Jesus is the “son of David” the Messiah

  • What does the title “son of David” mean?
    • Jesus in the royal{legal} bloodline of Joseph makes Him:
      The Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of Abraham.Mt 1
    • Jesus in the physical bloodline of Mary makes Him the promised seed(Gen 3:15)
      =>The Son of God. –Lk 3:23-38
    • Jesus as the Messiah = fully God/fully man
      Is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed from the line of David –2Sam 7:12-16
      “Son of Man” is a prophetic description of the Messiah. His kingdom will have no end. –Dan 7:13-14
    • Jesus himself confirms He is the Messiah = fully God/fully man
      How can Christ be David’s son and Lord? –Mark 12:35-37

Jesus is more powerful than Beelzebub

  • Jesus healed the blind mute by casting out the demon v22, 27
  • Jesus rebuked the “blind” Pharisees
  • Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil –1Jn 3:8
  • What keeps you from seeing and/or speaking the things of God and His kingdom?

Jesus brings and rules the everlasting kingdom of God

  • Demons cast out by Spirit{Finger} of God v28 –Lk 11:20
  • Confirms Jesus as Messiah who rules and reigns the everlasting kingdom of God
  • He who does not gather with Me scatters v30
  • Who rules your heart? Do you know Jesus as “King”? Are you gathering with Jesus?

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:22

  • demon-possessed[1139] = to be under the power of a demon.
    =>In the NT, these are persons, afflicted with especially severe
    diseases, either bodily or mentally, (such as paralysis, blindness,
    deafness, loss of speech, epilepsy, melancholy, insanity, etc.)
    whose bodies in the opinion of the Jews demons had entered, and so
    held possession of them as not only to afflict them with ills, but
    also to dethrone the reason and take its place themselves;
    accordingly the possessed were wont to express the mind and
    consciousness of the demons dwelling in them; and their cure was
    thought to require the expulsion of the demon.

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From NetBible Mt 12:24

  • Beelzebub[954] = “lord of the house”
    => a name of Satan, the prince of evil spirits
    *Hebrew for [01176] = “lord of the fly”
    => a Philistine deity worshipped at Ekron

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