Monday: 28th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 3:22-30
Mark 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?
Often, even though there are somethings easily understood, there are other situations that however hard one attempts to understand, they defy the norm. Those situations just don’t make sense, at least not in the normal order of things. Jesus’ response to the scribes today, should clearly warrant a place on the list described above.
He was involved in a situation where the scribes suggested that the prince of devils was the source of his power. That surely did not sound like a metaphor because in the eyes of the Jews, it was the equivalent of attributing what is holy as unholy. On all accounts, much like if one compared a Jew to a samaritan in those days, Jesus ought to have felt insulted by those words and jumped up in defence.
But what does He do? He stops everything else, calls those scribes over and begins to teach them using their very own words as the starting point. I was tempted to ask: in what world is that the response you offer to someone who just insulted you and disrespected everything you stood for? The answer: in a world where Jesus is present. Even amidst insult, he saw an opportunity to correct a way of thinking and to establish a benchmark.
We have been made to believe that the only way to get our messages across is by being the fiercest, the first to speak and the loudest. Jesus had alternative viewpoints expressed in the very delicate response he offered. And one more thing: He went straight for the jugular, and proceeded to address the problem right at its source because when change is effected at the point of propagation, the truth has room to spread.