Daily Devotion – June 5, 2018

Mark 3:20-30


Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law


20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family[a] heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”


Devotion by Laurie Spencer


There were great demands on Jesus at this time and he was surrounded by crowds and confusion.  Though he had gathered his disciples around him and his family tried to shield him, still people wanted to be cured of diseases on one side and the scribes from Jerusalem were berating and called him names. So he calmed himself down and spoke in a parable that was clear and had a logical message.

In the heat of things, when drama surrounds us and we start losing control, we can try to use the strength and discipline that Jesus uses here to calm down and speak our message clearly and logically.



Father, Mother God, loving me, help me to communicate honestly and clearly, especially in times of confusion and high emotion. 

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