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A house divided

Postby Milo » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:58 pm

Sorry for the delay, Thanksgiving holidays and all that. Things will probably be sporadic with Christmas around the corner.

20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

More crowds.

21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

This verse has two versions, one with friends and one with family. The word that is translated as "friends" can also be translated as relative or family. I think it makes more sense to use family because of the context: "And when his family heard of it, they went out"...then it picks up in verse 31 "There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him".

22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

More scribes! They're everywhere!

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Questions and parables. Jesus rarely just comes out and says something.

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

This is where we get the saying "a house divided".

28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

We have heard this often enough!

30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

This sentence seems tacked on. "They" must be the scribes and "He" Jesus. A plain reading of this sentence seems to be "Because the scribes accused Jesus of having an unclean spirit" and then you must refer back to the last two sentences that say he who blasphemes against the Holy Ghost will never be forgiven. I guess this must mean that Jesus has the Holy Ghost and calling it an unclean spirit is blaspheme. But that overlooks the fact that Jesus is god. Mark apparently does not believe that Jesus=God.
Stop doubting and beleive Milo. Then everything will make sense.
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Re: A house divided

Postby E-lad » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:37 pm

With all those Hebrew scribes everywhere it's odd that none of them chose to write about the events. After all. isn't that what scribes do?
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