Blessings to all:
Mark 3:20-30 :
Jesus came home and, as usual, a crowd gathered — so many making demands on him that there wasn’t even time to eat. His friends heard what was going on and went to rescue him, by force if necessary. They suspected he was getting carried away with himself. The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power. Jesus confronted their slander with a story: “Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan? A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting Satan, there soon would be no Satan left. Do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man, and walk of with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Time him up, though, and you can clean him out. “Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil.
- Forever people will slander Jesus
How do we handle slander against God?
- Quantifiably conceptualize their point
- Assist in illustrating the importance of not having such strong tunnel vision
- Emphasize the importance to recognizing premise
- Contextualize any points they may believe they have – or have
- Seek answers from our creator, as we cannot do this alone
- Show them what God has given to you and do so respectfully
- Lastly, understand that you are not them and you cannot control their being/thinking
Essentially this all boils down to the exact situation and exactly how Jesus would handle the given situation, but here in this passage in Mark is exactly how Jesus would and did handle the given situation. Ultimately, we can only do so much in this life, but with the assistance of God and them accepting God, everything within the relationship between the two is insurmountable. The reason that Jesus went with the logical, more cerebral, argument here is because at this time (even today) the people of the world were “thinkers”, it was a time of great philosophers. All philosophers had gatherers among them, Jesus was no different ‘hence the crowd’. But in all instances, Jesus uses such great progressions to prove his point. Another prime example to prove the logical nature of the beings (humans) would be earlier in Mark three when he heals the crippled hand on the Sabbath, which turned the people of the world against him…solely because religion said Sabbath was off-limits for work. Quite ironic, eh?
The entirety of this lesson is just to let you know that there are a lot of people who cannot quantifiably illustration or understand God’s love. But slander against Jesus or God, or His Spirit is one more thing thrown to fire, so here is how you handle those types situations. Seemingly I see these type of situations come up in our daily lives and this is what has had the most success. I ask that you not shove Jesus down their throat in attempt to like disprove everything they say, but rather gracefully speak factual knowledge. I hope this has helped someone today!
God bless! Feel free to like, comment, share, etc!