Heart Vacancy

I was reading my Bible recently and thinking about a parable of Jesus from Matthew 12:43-45. It says this:

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

This passage is a bit confusing, and it had me wondering how a person whose house (which could mean their heart) was “swept clean and put in order” could be possessed by demons. After all, just a few chapters earlier, Jesus claims that there is not room for a man to serve two masters- where God has a foothold, Satan cannot be present.

No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon meaning excessive materialism (see definition HERE).

So it seems that the Bible is contradicting itself in these two passages. However, Jesus says in Matthew 12:44 that the man’s house was unoccupied. If the man in the parable had allowed his heart to be occupied by God, rather than leaving it empty, the demon would not have been able to move in. This parable exists to warn us about how dangerous it is to leave your heart open. Verse 45 says that “the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”. We are dependent on God, not just to keep us alive, but to protect our souls from enemy attack.

Check up in your Bible to make sure I’m on the right track- don’t just take my word for it.



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