In fighting for the “united states” of America even at the cost of a civil war, Abraham Lincoln declared, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not believe the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided.” The American president quotes from Jesus who rebuts his detractors who claim that he is a fake exorcist who uses Beelzebul’s power to drive the same evil. His logic is simple: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” Rather, it is by the “finger of God” that he casts out demons. His authority comes from God, since he is the Son of God. He is the “stronger one”; no evil force can prevail against him.
GOSPEL • LUKE 11:14-23
Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man 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.”
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