Matthew 12:22-29 (New International Version)
Jesus and Beelzebub22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
24But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
- Who was the person in need? The blind, dumb and possessed man.
- What was the immediate, obvious need? The condition of the healed man.
- Who took the initiative in effecting the healing? The people who brought the man to Jesus.
- How and by whom was faith involved in this healing? The people who brought the man to Jesus.
- What were the reactions to the healing? The Pharisees accused Jesus of being of Beelzebub.
- What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need? Both the insistance of the crowd and for his own glory - to be able to teach through a parable.