Matthew 12:22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." 25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
To understand what this passage of scripture means to us, we need to understand what it meant to the people to whom Jesus spoke. A demon is a "spirit being" that can have power over a person and take away the person's health (The Apostle Paul taught us that demons are our enemies - Ephesians 6:10-13). The Son of David was a person the prophet Nathan said would be established as the ruler of Israel by God and deliver them from foreign oppression (2 Samuel 7:4-17). Beelzebul is a prince of demons of whom Satan is ruler (Matthew 12:24, 26). The kingdom of God would be understood by the people Jesus was addressing as "the sovereign rule of God". The people would understand "Son of Man" in accordance with Daniel's vision of the "Son of Man" in Daniel 7:13-14, an eternal conquering King. "Blasphemy" is slander which is speaking words about someone that are not true and make the person look bad. The Holy Spirit is God. The Pharisees were the rulers in Israel among the Jews. The people Jesus spoke to would have understood the words spoken as described in this paragraph.
To gain understanding please answer these questions today from the passage. I will discuss anwers in the next days.
Verse 22 What is the event that provoked the responses of the people and Jesus? Verse 23 What was the common people's response? Verse 24 What was the Pharisees' response? Verses 25-32 What did Jesus say concerning the event and responses He heard?