Accused of Being Possessed by the Demon 'Beelzebub' — Jesus Used Parables to Save His Skin







What's the problem simplifying a little story to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson? Especially, if it might save your life. No one wants to be accused of being possessed by the demon, Beelzebub, especially in Jesus's time.


Beelzebub, is an Arabic name for the devil. Beelzebub has been depicted as one of the three fallen angels, the other two being Lucifer and Leviathan. Jesus was accused by the Pharisees—the teachers of the law who came to Jerusalem to witness the event themselves—of being possessed by the demon Beelzebub, when he reportedly drove out demons from a blind insane person. Mark 3:20-30.



"By the prince of demons he is driving out demons!"



Jesus retaliated calling out to them using parables


"How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.
Matthew 12: 25-37


That wasn't an isolated case. Jesus said almost everything using parables. He believed people saw, but did not see. They heard but did not hear or understand. There are lessons to be learned from the parables of the Sower, Mark 4:1-20, the parable of the Mustard Seed, Mark 4:30-34 and the parable of the Weeds, Matthew13:24-30, the list is endless.


Long stories made into short and sweet parables, by the master of all story tellers, Jesus Christ.


But then again, the stories he told; I'll talk about them in other upcoming blogs.




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