Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 2, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Jesus and Beelzebul
"Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to Jesus,
and Jesus healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and
saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, 'Can
this be the Son of David?' But when the Pharisees
heard it they said, 'It is only by Be-el'zebul, the
prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.'
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, 'Every
kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and
no city or house divided against itself will stand;
and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against
himself; how then will his kingdom stand? And if I
cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons
cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out
demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.'"
The crowds continued to be amazed by Jesus. They
wondered if he was the one of whom the prophet
Isaiah spoke. Jesus mystified and intrigued them.
Who was he? The crowds wondered out loud if he
could possibly be the Messiah, the "Son of David."
But the Pharisees disagreed and conspired for his
death. They accused Jesus of being the evil ruler
of demons before the marveling crowds. Jesus knew
their thoughts and spoke with tremendous insight.
A kingdom divided against itself cannot survive.
Evil cannot cast out evil. Only the Spirit of the
living God can cast out evil. If Jesus is casting
out demons by God-power, then God is in our midst.
I have always wondered what the newly healed
formerly blind and mute man believed about Jesus.
Surely his first spoken words were of deep gratitude.
He probably would have been horrified to realize
religious authorities were planning to destroy his
compassionate healer. His miracle was obviously
Could God be in our midst today? Do we need new eyes
and new ears to experience the Spirit of God in our
lives? Where are we in the story? Perhaps we
identify with the blind and mute individual.
Perhaps we identify with the Pharisees and resist
God's voice when it extends beyond our religious
understandings. The Pharisees were spiritually
blind and obtuse when it came to Jesus, the
God, give us new eyes and ears of faith to experience
Jesus Christ. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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