Looking For Signs
14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Jesus had many opponents and his main opponents were the religious leaders of that day. Their hearts were so hard and their faith so weak that they could not find anything good in Jesus. Jesus drove out demons and amazed the crowds, but they said that he drove out the demons because he is the prince of demons. He had already done a miracle, but they asked for another miracle.
Sometimes, the answer from God is in front of us, but I’m asking for another sign because I want a different answer. God is sovereign in our lives and sometimes He makes it clear to us and at other times, we need to keep connected to God so that our spiritual antennas are sharp and pick up the signs that God is indeed working in my life. Jesus makes it clear that a kingdom divided against itself will fall. He is driving out demons by the finger of God, but the Pharisees still doubted Jesus.