But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. 31-32 “There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. 30 “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus. How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. 25-27 Jesus confronted their slander. For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God’s kingdom. These are my mother and brothers. How in the world do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. 22-23 Next a poor demon-afflicted wretch, both blind and deaf, was set down before him. These are my mother and brothers. 41-42 “On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. “Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are out here, wanting to speak with you.”, 48-50 Jesus didn’t respond directly, but said, “Who do you think my mother and brothers are?” He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. “A judge who gives opposite verdicts on the same person cancels himself out; a family that’s in a constant squabble disintegrates; if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Large Print, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan, The Message, Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language. 3 Jesus said, "Really? You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. “A judge who gives opposite verdicts on the same person cancels himself out; a family that’s in a constant squabble disintegrates; if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? 3-5 Jesus said, “Really? Don't have an account? Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. The person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? There was a man there with a crippled hand. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. The Message Bible Matthew 12 1 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. 25-27 Jesus confronted their slander. I love him so much, take such delight in him. “Black magic,” they said. They said to Jesus, “Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?” They were baiting him. Chapter. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!” Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out and it was healed. Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? The people who saw it were impressed—“This has to be the Son of David!”, 24 But the Pharisees, when they heard the report, were cynical. 43-45 “When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! Try Bible Gateway Plus free for 30 days. They were outside trying to get a message to him. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. How about a miracle?”. Words are powerful; take them seriously. What are the benefits of creating an account? He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, following guidelines set down by Isaiah: Look well at my handpicked servant;    I love him so much, take such delight in him.I’ve placed my Spirit on him;    he’ll decree justice to the nations.But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;    there’ll be no commotion in the streets.He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,    won’t push you into a corner.Before you know it, his justice will triumph;    the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even    among far-off unbelievers. How about a miracle?”. I love him so much, take such delight in him. 12 1-2 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. The person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus.