In your condemning you might condemn someone you love

Luke Bible Background

04.07.2017 – Old New Testament: Luke 11.19

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 11.1–28 on April 7, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The enemies of Jesus could see with their own eyes that He truly cast demons out of people. Rather than changing their opinion about Him, they concluded that He did it by the power of Beelzebub (another name for Satan). Then Jesus made this powerful argument,

And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges (Luke 11.19). 

KA-BOOM! He exploded their charge against Him, because their sons also cast demons out of people. If Jesus could only cast demons out by the power of Satan, that meant that their sons could only cast out demons by the power of Satan and that they were in league with him.

However, they would never admit such to Jesus. They would argue that their sons cast demons out by the power of God. If that was true for them, it was true for Jesus. Well, His enemies would not acknowledge that either!

Jesus impaled them on the horns of a dilemma. I do not advise arguing with the Lord, for you will lose every time.


  • Do you think you can refute Jesus?
  • Do you think He is wrong on something?
  • Have you argued with Him, but found out later that He was right?

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