Mark 3:20-30

Jesus talks about Satan

20 Then Jesus went into a house. A crowd of people came together there again. There were so many people that Jesus and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 People told his family what was happening. So they went to take him away with them. They thought that Jesus was crazy.

3:21Jesus' family lived in Nazareth. We think that they came 40 kilometres from that town to Capernaum to take him away with them.

22 Some teachers of God's Law came from Jerusalem. They said, ‘Jesus has a bad spirit called Beelzebul in him. That is Satan, the one who rules all the bad spirits. This man can send bad spirits out of people because Satan gives him authority.’

3:22Beelzebul is another name for Satan. They are both names for God's greatest enemy.

23 So Jesus spoke to the teachers of God's Law. ‘Come here and listen,’ he said to them. He used stories to explain to them. ‘Satan would not fight against himself! 24 If armies in the same country start to fight each other, then they will destroy their own country. 25 And if the people in one family start to fight against each other, they will destroy their own family. 26 So Satan would not attack himself. If he did that, he would destroy his own power. That would be the end of him. 27 Nobody can easily go into the house of a strong man to rob him. To do that, he must first tie up the strong man. Then he can take away all that man's valuable things. 28 I tell you this: God can forgive all the wrong things that people do. He can also forgive people who say bad things against him. 29 But God will never forgive people who say bad things against the Holy Spirit. Those people will always be guilty.’

30 Jesus said this to the teachers of God's Law, because they said, ‘Jesus has a bad spirit in him.’