What does Luke11:24-26 mean?


This passage is something like a mini-parable. It is not to be taken
literally. Although perhaps it could happen literally, that is not the
point. Jesus is talking about our lives. It is not enough to get the
evil out or our house (life). We must fill our house up with good deeds.
Being a follower of Jesus is not just a matter of stopping doing bad
things. We must fill our life up with serving God and serving people.
This mini-parable is given in connection with the saying which precedes
it. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather
scatters. It is not sufficient to be neutral or even to just agree with
Jesus. We need to “gather” for the kingdom. This is how I understand
this passage.

John Oakes, PhD

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