The Strong Man

A medieval illustration of Jesus healing the Gerasene demoniac

Third Week of Lent, Thursday

Luke 11:14-23

He was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:14-23

Division destroys.
Even demons unify
To execute ploys.

Evil Inc. was going bust;
Jesus broke their vicious trust.
Demons skidooed left and right;
Mute men spoke, the blind gained sight.

Beelzebul’s work, slurred some,
Pointing fingers with venom.
Blind and deaf guides, look and hear!
The finger of God is here.

Sentries drop their palace shield;
Musclemen to Christ must yield.
Satan’s gang can’t beat the Son
Foiling hell’s operation.

2 Replies to “The Strong Man”

  1. G-M-C
    You speak to me!
    ‘Bout the way
    It’s got to be.
    I give my thanks to thee
    For opening my eyes to see!

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