Driving Out Demons

Luke 11:14-28

By now this is no longer a new story: Jesus drives out a demon, the man who had been possessed recovers completely, and the crowd is dazzled; why shouldn’t they be? Then something different takes place when some in the crowd say that Jesus is driving out demons by the power of the prince of demons. Matthew identifies these people as Pharisees…

Game on!

By this time, Jesus is very popular with a significant block of the public and as such, He is a threat to the established order of things. The “establishment” is concerned, and desperate to discredit Jesus in the eyes of the public so that they can do away with Him entirely to protect their positions. Consequently, there is nothing too ridiculous to accuse Him of in public; they will stoop to any lie no matter how obviously wrong, for it is their strategy to put doubt in the minds of His supporters with the sheer volume of accusations.

If you follow the news, this tactic will seem quite familiar to you.

So, they accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of darkness… Show us a sign!

Some of the Pharisees’ followers, establishment types, have also driven out demons, and Jesus goes on the offensive:

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (11:17-20)

Those Pharisees are looking a bit stupid, but Jesus isn’t quite finished with them…

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.  But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (11:21-23)

To drive out the forces of Satan, you have to be a lot stronger than Satan, and if you aren’t on the side of Jesus in this battle, you are on the other side.


In 11:24-26 Jesus says something that might explain why the followers of the Pharisees haven’t had the kind of success with demons that Jesus has had, for they might run off a demon, but the demon comes back with a bunch of his buddies and the person is worse off than before, because they aren’t the “strong man”, Jesus is. At this point a woman shouts from the crowd:

“Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (11:27-28)

His opponents who will say anything to discredit Him have just heard the Word of God. Will they obey it?

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Driving Out Demons

  1. sja316 says:

    They will continue dancing with the devil as they follow the devil who Jesus scatters. Their choice, though the wrong one. It’s our job to pity them, and try to save some like when they were dancing to the cast golden calf at the foot of Sinai in Moses’s day. Amen.

  2. As I was reading your post, I was thinking that things are similar in hews today – and then I read that line were you stated the same thing. I agree with your comments throughout the post.

  3. They were a sneaky bunch those Pharisees, but Jesus was always more than a match for them, leaving them defeated and and no doubt feeling foolish for asking

  4. dave p says:

    i don’t deny that demon possession doesn’t exist, because I believe the word of God! But I realize in these last days their will be false prophets and teachers whom say here is the Christ! -even Satan sets himself up in the temple of God to be worshiped as “GOD”. Now highlighting these facts look at this video and watch the deliverer ask the evil spirit, “how old it was when it died” What so this is I dead persons spirit possessing someone! LIES!!! Wake up people, where is the gift of knowledge and wisdom isn’t this also from God! I am sick of false prophets making a mockery of Gods name! WAKE UP PEOPLE can’t you see God has handed these people over to these thieves, because of their foolishness! Stop setting men up over you as idols! no image should be made of God! -Last days a image will be made that can speak! Satan will also cause fire from heaven! The Dragon, Beast and False prophet will have a demon come out of their mouths that look like frogs! (frogs capture their pray with their tongues). WAKE UP!!!
    here is this blasphemous video:

    Also read all of Isaiah 28, it was referred to by the Apostle Paul when correcting the Corinthians!
    WAKE UP AND GET OUT OF MYSTERY BABYLON! (tower of Babel!) GOD is going to burn her with fire and she will become a haunt of evil spirits and left desolate!

  5. dave p says:

    thanks for that. thought it might not make it through, because of sharpness of speech. It is pointed! Not good with grammar either.

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