Hebrews 9:15, 24-28
For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Today in the gospel, Jesus explains elements of satanic oppression to the people. It is especially important to consider when there are people who do not believe in a personal devil. There is a kingdom of God and a kingdom of Satan. The two kingdoms oppose each other. The growth of each kingdom depends on war with the other. One Kingdom rises up against the other. Division in a particular house will be its end.
The human person can suffer bondage wherein ‘his house is plundered’. Losing freedom is a sign that Satan has entered in. A person who is in bondage needs help to cast out the evil spirit.
People sometimes worry that they have committed the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which can be confusing knowing that God will always forgive a repentant heart. But it is not God who is unforgiving. “They had said, “He has an unclean spirit,” so a person who believes that God is evil rather than good is a person who will not go to God for forgiveness. He will not approach the throne of grace.
On this day, as we pray for legal protection of the unborn, we grieve not only for the millions of unborn children who have been killed in the womb, but that we are seeing people who believe that the murder of the unborn child is actually good. Where once people were quiet and ashamed to admit to having an abortion, now they will fight for the ‘right’ to kill their own children and even their children’s children. They even believe that it is wrong or evil for women to be burdened with pregnancy and children.
We must pray for these lost souls who refuse to recognize God in His goodness and whose minds are darkened by sin and arrogance. If we are to win the battle for the kingdom of God, we surely need to pray to bind the evil one and cast him out.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask that you open the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and recreate hearts of flesh for all those who have been hardened by sin especially the sins of abortion and sexual impurity. May leaders once again stand for life and legislate protections for our most vulnerable members, the unborn. May the domestic church and all churches unite to teach respect for life so that our homes, families, and nation may not be divided but prosper and reflect your Kingship. Heal us from our terrible wounds and drive out the evil one who constantly seeks to destroy the good things you have made. We thank you and give you glory and praise. Amen.