“But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, ‘This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.’ And knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” – Matthew 12:24 – 25
The Pharisees have stated that Jesus’ ability to cast out demons came from Satan and not from God (Matthew 12:22–24). It’s not the first time they’ve made such a claim (Matthew 9:34). Apparently, they either said this in private, or in a way which did not draw much attention. Here, again, they seem to be making the accusation outside of earshot of Jesus. Rather than indicating He heard them, this verse reveals that He knew their thoughts. The fact that Jesus was able to read their minds should have been further evidence to the Pharisees that He was the Messiah.
Jesus begins His counterargument against their charge with logic: Kingdoms divided against themselves are defeated. Civil war doesn’t make for powerful nations. Divided cities and houses, likewise, do not stand. They fall. The point, one Jesus clarifies in the following verses, is that Satan would not cast out the very demons he sent out to oppress people. He would only be defeating himself.
One thing to point out. Divided cities and houses do not stand.
Take a look at your friend circle, your family. Any division there? Anything that needs to be resolved? It’s worth thinking on and beginning to deal with. We are not meant to be a divided body of Christ. We are meant to work together for the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.