Questions to Guide Your Study:
- Just a warning, these verses have often tripped up many people. Let me remind you to focus on what you can understand and what you can understand, rather than on what you cannot.
- How does Matt 12:15-21 describe the Spirit that is in Jesus? How does he interact with hurting/bruised people? Why do you think this makes people so mad, when Rom 2:4 tells us that God’s kindness should lead us to repentance rather than resentment?
- In contrast to vs15-21, how do the Pharisees describe the Spirit in Jesus? Beelzebub = Satan/Devil, so what are they saying?
- Jesus says there are two sides to this cosmic battle, good vs. evil, Jesus vs. Beelzebub. Eph 6 tells us our battle is against (evil) powers in the heavenly realms. How should this change the way we think and live?
- If our words reveal what is in our heart, what is your heart overflowing with? Are your words/actions usually good fruit or bad?
- Ps 118 is a thanksgiving song. What things in the Song are you thankful for? What else not in the song can you thank God for?
- Rev 11, shows the end when the time comes for Jesus to deal with evil forever. How can we give thanks now for what will happen then?
- Thank God, that Matt says the Devil is “Bound” and Rev says the Destroyer will be destroyed. What do you think that means to us?
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