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Third Sunday in Lent.

Third Sunday in Lent.

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BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

ST. LUKE, xi. 14-28.
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

ST. LUKE, xi. 14-28.

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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.ST. LUKE, xi. 14-28. Jesus was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb epake ; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation ; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say, that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out ? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keep-eth his palace, his goods are in peace ; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against
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me ; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, hewalketh through dry places, seeking rest ; arid rinding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there; 240 Third Sunday and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and said unto him. Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. OUR Lord, we are here told, had been working a miracle in the case of some poor creature who was possessed of an evil spirit. The people, when they saw the blessed effect of the miracle, were filled
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with astonishment, and many of them no doubt with thankfulness also. But some among them, who were ill-disposed towards Jesus, attributed the cure that had been wrought to the power of Beelzebub, a name that was given to the chief of the devils. Instead of acknow ledging that our Lord had cast out the evil spirit by His own almighty power, they blasphemously declared that he was in league with the Devil himself. Others too, who were not convinced by the miracle, dared Him, as it were, to give them some sign, still more unmistakable, that He was really the Son of God. Our Lord reasons with them, and points out to them the utter folly of their in Lent.
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