Friday, August 4, 2017

54 - Justice In The Future Kingdom


14  But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him to kill him.

15  Having come to know this, Jesus departed from there. Many also followed him, and he cured them all, 

16  but he sternly ordered them not to make him known,
17  in order to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, who said:

18  “Look! My servant whom I chose, my beloved, whom I have approved! I will put my spirit upon him, and what justice is he will make clear to the nations. 

19  He will not quarrel nor cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the main streets. 
20 No bruised reed will he crush, and no smoldering wick will he extinguish, until he brings justice with success.
21  Indeed, in his name nations will hope.”


22  Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and speechless, and he cured him, so that the speechless man could speak and see.
23  Well, all the crowds were astounded and began to say: “May this not perhaps be the Son of David?” 
24  At hearing this, the Pharisees said: “This fellow does not expel the demons except by means of Be·elʹze·bub, the ruler of the demons.” 
25  Knowing their thoughts, he said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself comes to ruin, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 
26  In the same way, if Satan expels Satan, he has become divided against himself; how, then, will his kingdom stand? 
27  Moreover, if I expel the demons by means of Be·elʹze·bub, by whom do your sons expel them? This is why they will be your judges. 
28  But if it is by means of God’s spirit that I expel the demons, the Kingdom of God has really overtaken you. 
29 Or how can anyone invade the house of a strong man and seize his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Only then can he plunder his house.
30  Whoever is not on my side is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:14-30 NW


Let Us Kill Him


But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him to kill him. The previous post ended with these words but the same story continues with the following words.

Having come to know this, Jesus departed from there. Here again, Bible teachers who push the doctrine of the Trinity say that Jesus knew that His life was in danger because He is a God and God knows everything.  If we read the words in verse 15 carefully we notice that there was a time when Jesus did not know this but He did come to know this.  Christ became aware of something that He had not known.  This tells us that Jesus is not omniscient, hence, not the second person of a non-existent trinity.

The Pharisees had openly ridiculed Him and He probably also saw them whispering in small groups.  Any astute person with an "ear to the ground" could have been aware of the threats.  He also knew from past experience that they were not above murdering a preacher they did not like.  We learned this in  
http://wwwthinkagai.blogspot.com/2017/05/41-prophet-is-not-without-honour.html

Not only that but Many also followed him and it is altogether possible that a few of them overheard the Pharisees whispering and they might have told Christ of the impending danger. 

and he cured them all, but he sternly ordered them not to make him known.  In our studies, we have encountered similar scenes a number of times already. Christ does not mind healing the sick but He does not want any of those that were healed to talk about it.  This countrywide renown hampers His mission which is to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.



Isaiah Said So


My servant whom I chose, my beloved, whom I have approved! I will put my spirit upon him.  While we were studying about the baptism of Christ we learned that it was at His baptism that the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him. Luke 3:21-22.   This was the fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy.

what justice is he will make clear to the nations.  Now here we have something to get excited about.  In His future kingdom He will show us what justice really is!  No more judges that can be bought; no more policemen picking on minorities; no more teachers that "put down" certain ethnic students.  When Christ sets up His kingdom justice will prevail.

Indeed, in his name nations will hope.  For example - The number of Chinese professing Christianity, ... estimated at more than 70 million — is rising so dramatically that, by some projections, China will have the world's biggest Christian population by 2030. Business Insider - Wikipedia

Protestantism is one of the most dynamic religious movements in the contemporary world. From 1960 to 2000, the global growth of the number of reported Evangelical Protestants grew three times the world's population rate, and twice that of Islam. Christian Population Growth, Wikipedia

By the Power of Beelzebub


Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and speechless, and he cured him ... they began to say: “May this not perhaps be the Son of David?”  As we learned earlier that when the Jewish people used the term the Son of David they meant "the Messiah; the Christ".

the Pharisees said: “This fellow does not expel the demons except by means of Be·elʹze·bub, the ruler of the demons.”  Casting out demons was not unheard of in the Jewish culture and Christ reminded them of the situation when He said, 

1. if I expel the demons by means of Be·elʹze·bub, by whom do your sons expel them?  Oops, this one the Pharisees did not see coming.  By the time this happened, they must have had an intense, internal loathing for Jesus and so the narrow-minded Pharisees just could not see beyond their hatred. 

This is why they will be your judges.  You accuse me of doing the same thing that your own sons (many commentaries use the word "disciples" in place of "sons") are doing, think about that for awhile.  By whose power do your sons cast out demons?

2. every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  If Satan is casting out demons he would be fighting against his own establishment.  You came up with this argument just to make me look bad but you Pharisees cannot have thought this one through. 

However, if it is by means of God’s spirit (some use the word "power" instead of "spirit") that I expel the demons the Kingdom of God has really overtaken (come upon) you.  “If this expulsion of Satan is, and can be, by no other than the Spirit of God, then is his (Satan's) Destroyer (Christ) already in the midst of you, and that kingdom which is destined to supplant his is already rising on its ruins.” JFB

Now Christ gives an example:

3. Or how can anyone (Christ) invade the house (the body of the man a demon is possessing) of a strong man (a demon) and seize (take hold of) his possessions (the soul of the man a demon is inhabiting) unless he (Christ) first ties up the strong man (a demon)? Only then can he (Christ) plunder (take back) his house (the body of the demon-possessed man).