Re:Verse passage – Mark 3:1-12 (day four)
The unclean spirits knew who Jesus was. They recognized Him right away. Their proclamation to the people around Jesus though was not meant as praise. They had no doubt who He was, but they also had no intention of aiding Him in His mission. Crowds are not known for making wise and calculated decisions. The group mind tends to run on emotions, resulting in misdirection and chaos. The unclean spirits sought to derail Jesus’ mission by confusing the response of the people. They wanted to pre-empt Jesus’ authority and call for Him to respond contrary to God’s purpose.
You would think that proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God would be a good thing. The end though does not justify the means. Jesus faced the same heresy in the desert temptation. Satan sought to entice Jesus to accomplish His task…just not like God had prescribed. We fall into these same temptations. Often, we respond to circumstances with a good end in mind, but not according to biblical instructions. Seek to serve like Jesus!