Mark 3:22-30 The Parable of the Strong Man


Mark 3:22-30


Growing concerns over Jesus’ authority cause some scribes to accuse him of being in league with the devil. Jesus responds with a parable that summarizes his salvific work.


At first, Jesus’ power over the demonic inspires amazement and wonder. After he exercises these same powers on the Sabbath, he begins to see increasing opposition. His new opponents seek to attack the base of his authority by alleging that he receives it from Beelzebul. This is a mocking name for a demon derived from a Philistine god (2 Kings 1:2). The name may have originally meant “Lord of the Heavenly Dwelling,” but Israelite tradition changed it to Beelzebub, meaning “Lord of the Flies.” The scribes also attribute Jesus’ power to Satan himself, the so-called “Prince of the devils.”

Jesus responds with a parable that lays out the work of salvation that he has come to accomplish. First of all, he asserts that Satan is not fighting against Satan, meaning that Satan’s “household” still remains strong. Rather, a strong man is needed to rescue people from the prince of the devils. That strong man is Jesus as shown through his ability to terrorize and exorcize the unclean spirits.