Friday, October 22, 2010

A Strong Man's House

No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. (Mark 3:27)

Jesus gave this analogy to refute the Pharisees who claimed that when Christ cast out demons, He was doing it in the power of Satan. In other words, Jesus was pointing out that His life and ministry were diametrically opposed to the devil's agenda.

It's not unusual that the Lord would use this illustration. Defense of one's home against thieves and robbers stands as not only a universal human instinct, but also as a cultural phenomenon rooted in Scripture.

If a thief be found breaking up [i.e., breaking in], and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. (Exodus 22:2)

I discussed this passage a while ago in "What Does the Bible Say about Self Defense". While the original post gives a brief statement of the passage's teaching, the questions in the comments section really helped me expand and clarify. 

1 comment:

The Warrior said...

Ooh, good reference! I didn't realize Jesus mentioned this himself. Will use in future; thanks!