Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Whose House? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 11

Cat on Windowsill.  Whose House? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 11
I understand that the owner of the house (the strong man protecting the house) represents Satan, and the thief (who must - and did - tie up the strong man to steal his possessions) represents You (Mark 3:27-28).

It makes sense because they said You were casting out demons by the hand of Satan (Mark 3:22), and You countered that You can cast out demons because You have tied up Satan (and made him powerless). 

I get it. 

And yet...

Several things bother me.

It bothers me to call You the thief.  

I know You died on the cross like a thief, and I believe it contains deep truth. But a truth about who I am, not who You are.  You take my place on the cross
I am the thief.  Not You.

It bothers me to call Satan the owner of the house.  

I understand You imply it in the passage as You explain how You are able to "rob" Satan...

But isn't Satan the one who first entered YOUR house and is trying to carry off YOUR possessions?

One more thing bothers me.  

They didn't just say You were casting out demons by Satan's power, which Your response clearly addresses.  

They also said that You were possessed by Satan.  

If I possess something I own it.  It took several weeks for the full implication of what they were saying about You to sink in.  That he (Satan) owns not only what is Yours - but owns You.  It's way more horrible than I was able to feel at a first reading.  POSSESSED! By Satan!!?? That would mean that he had overcome You.  The very idea angers me.  

And Your response to them (Mark 3:23-29) leaves me dissatisfied about all 3 of these things.  

Unless more than one strong man (owner of the house) and more than one thief are inhabiting this parable.  

(You never actually say who is who.)

Satan may be the strong man, guarding his "house" - but the house and everything in it was Yours from the beginning - created and ruled by You, then stolen and ruined by others (Gen. 3:1-24).  

Whether referring to this world, or to the man who is possessed by a demon, You are the rightful owner.   

The house is divided because he is trying to steal it from You - even seems to have succeeded in part - yet he has not been able to fully master it.  It is still very much Yours (Ps. 24:1).  He cannot master You.  He cannot possess You.  He can't carry off Your possessions because he cannot overcome You.  

He tried (the cross).  It failed.  Backfired.  And ended with him tied up and You - the strongest - "robbing" his house (Luke 11:21-22)

Except...You're not a thief sneaking in and robbing a rich man.

You're not Robin Hood pulling a fast one on Prince John.

You look like the "underdog" here, but You're not - You never were.  

You are the KING, the rightful owner, the LordYou've come to Your house to take it back. You are retrieving from the thief the possessions he thought he had stolen from You.  Rescuing - restoring - us.

Warning him that You WILL tie him up - and have already.

Laughing (Ps. 2:4-6) at his presumption to think he could tie You up.  

Letting him know that he will never leave Your house, Your kingdom, with what is Yours.  

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