Matthew 12:22-24 – Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
I’m sure you seen whicker furniture. The term “whicker” comes from the word “wicca,” which means “twisted.” It also means a kind of witchcraft. If the devil is good at anything, it is at taking an obvious demonstration of truth and twisting it in a manner to deceive, steal, kill, and destroy. That is precisely what he did in our Text for Today. A man possessed by a demon, living a life of blindness and not able to speak, was delivered by the Lord, and healed of the physical infirmities caused by that demon. What had happened was obvious. Jesus performed a great work that clearly demonstrated the love, kindness, goodness, and power of God.
But notice what happened. Look closely at our Text for Today; “But when the Pharisees ‘heard’ it…” They were not there to see it; they had only heard of it. And when what they heard made someone else look great in the eyes of the people, they spoke against it, accusing Jesus of casting out devils by “Beelzebub the prince of devils.” Of course, they would likely have done precisely what they did even if they had seen it. But we need to understand that it is not what actually happens, but what liars and misguided people, especially leaders, say that perverts the truth, creating terrible problems for everyone, especially those who need the most help.
We have Pharisees of a sort all about us in our world today. And, yes, they’re in the church, too. Regardless of what happens, whether it be good or evil, they will say things that are untrue, things they did not witness, to cause problems for those with whom they do not agree. It is for this very reason that leaders, particularly Christian leaders, but strive with all their hearts to act right, do right, speak right, and live right. While that will not stop liars from lying, or trouble makers from making trouble, or backbiters from gossiping, or evil doers from doing evil, it does create an atmosphere in which you can breathe, and a platform upon which you can stand in full reliance upon the great God Jehovah Who is your Justifier. Always remember, allow the Lord to order your steps, keep your heart and mouth filled with His Word, and walk in obedience to His Commands, fulfilling the love command and honoring Father in faith. He will justify you by your words of faith and truth. What Satan attempts to stop with his wicked twisting, the straight edged (double edged) sword of God’s Word will cut asunder, and His shield of faith will quench EVERY fiery dart of Satan.
Manna for Today – Matthew 12:22-32; Romans 3:4; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 6:18; Ephesians 6:10-18