Jesus’ Lesson in Thievery

Mark 3:27 says, “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his property.”

We must do two things here.  First I must tell what this does not mean, then I’ll tell you what Jesus does mean here.  Jesus, in this verse, is not giving a thievery 101 class here, as if He were telling us how to properly rob someone’s household possessions.  What is He doing then?  Good question!

Jesus is telling us about His own work as the Son of Man in this verse.  Notice two characters here?  The strong man and the one stealing the strong man’s stuff.  The strong man in the verse is the Devil, Satan, who Paul calls the “ruler of this world.” (2 Cor. 4:1-6) The One stealing the strong man’s possessions is Jesus!  What?  Here me out: Jesus came to earth to die on the cross, and by dying on the cross Jesus disarmed Satan for good by putting him to a public shame (Col. 2:13-15).  It is in this manner that Jesus has “bound” the strong man.

What then does that make the house and the possessions inside it?  The earth is the house being referred to here, and we are its possessions!  Jesus is therefore proclaiming that He is the long-awaited One who will bind the strong man and steal his possessions out from under his nose!

So when it comes down to it, I guess we really do have a lesson on thievery here in Mark 3:27, its just that it’s a thievery done by God Himself!  Praise God that we’ve got a Savior who’s stronger than the devil, rescue us from darkness, who can steal us out of Satan’s grip, and secure us in His own.  Amen!

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