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A Lenten Journey of Release & Renewal (Day Seven)

Day Seven

Scripture: Mark 3:20-30

20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 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. 28 ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— 30 for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’


“Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”

We know Jesus as the embodiment of love and forgiveness through his teachings and way of life. When Peter asked Jesus, "How many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?" he responded, "Seventy-seven times" (Matthew 18:21-22), illustrating perhaps endless forgiveness. Even on the cross, for those who sought to crucify him, he prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34, NIV).

However, it is perplexing that Jesus spoke of an unforgivable sin. What constitutes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and why is it deemed the "unpardonable sin"?

According to the passage, what the scribes and others did was not merely denying or obstructing the work of God through the Holy Spirit. They perverted it with malicious intent to endanger Jesus, providing an evil interpretation of the phenomenon—claiming it to be of demonic origin—and incited the public against the movement of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we should remember that Jesus directed these words toward those in power, particularly those responsible for interpreting the work of the Holy Spirit.

As a pastor, this passage serves as a warning to me. Am I discerning the work of the Holy Spirit correctly? I pray that I may not obstruct the Spirit's movement but instead move in step with it.


  1. Name the “demons” that you need to cast out for the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in you.

  2. What is the Spirit asking you to do today considering your life circumstances?

Prayer / Reflection:

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