Numbers 3-4, Mark 3:20-35 • Key Verse: Mark 3:30
In the first part of this chapter, Jesus gave the evil spirits strict orders not to tell people who He
was. While their message was true, those messengers could cause confusion. Some would think
that Jesus was associated with demons.
Some people even tried to make others think that. In an intentional effort to make Jesus look
demonic, teachers of the Law said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he
is driving out demons” (v. 22).
What Jesus sought to keep the evil spirits from doing, the teachers did. What they said not only
was wrong but also did not make sense. “How can Satan drive out Satan?” Jesus pointed out (v.
The reality of the ministry of Jesus is that He was destroying the work of Satan and that He is
more powerful than Satan.
The conflict with the evil one is real, continues today and will continue until the final judgment.
Remember, though, that ultimately Jesus will destroy all the work of Satan.
The battle is raging, but Jesus will win. Do not let anyone confuse you about that.
Jesus has power over the kingdom of darkness. Don’t ever admit defeat. Assume that victory will
come through Jesus.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett