Scripture: 1 Samuel 30-31, 1 Chronicles 10, Matthew 12

Matthew 12:29 No one can break into a strong man’s house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house.

Observation/application

When Jesus was accused of casting out demons by the power of the devil, He pointed out that a house divided against itself can’t stand, and then said this.  To break in and plunder a strong man’s house, you first have to tie up the strong man.  Jesus was plundering the devil’s “house” and to do that, he had to first “tie up” the devil.

We often understand Jesus’ redemption in legal terms: He paid our debt and forgave our sins.  Another way to view it is in terms of battle, a cosmic conflict: Jesus defeated our captor, our enemy, and set us free. The world is under the sway of the evil one (1 John 5:19), and each of us were following the ways of the world and its ruler (Ephesians 2:1-2). But Jesus defeated the evil one in both His life (eg, here and in Matthew 4:1-11), and His death on the cross and resurrection, and set us free.

Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Jesus has crushed our ancient enemy and set us free.  In Christ, there is no reason to stay in bondage.  He has already plundered the devil’s house, and we are part of that “plunder” that Jesus has taken and now belongs to Him.

Don’t tolerate bondage.  You’ve been freed!

Prayer: Lord, help us to identify the enemy’s work, the strongholds, the bondage, and walk away free!