America in the Kingdom Parables
C.O. Stadslkev - 1959
The Evil Spirits
One of the Lord's briefest parables is the one on evil spirits found recorded in Matthew 12:43-45.
These three verses read as follows; "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
"Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."
The key to this dreadful parable is the last sentence: "Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."
Verses 38 and 39 of the 12th chapter of Matthew declare very clearly to whom Jesus was speaking. There we read, "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. "
"But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas."
Religiously speaking, the scribes and Pharisees were empty, swept, and garnished. They put on a great outward religious show, but inwardly they were empty because they had rejected Christ and the spirit of God.
Jesus predicted that evil spirits would take advantage of this emptiness, this rejection of Christ, and thereby enter and possess their minds and thinking just as history shows they did.
The apostle Paul sums this up in two verses in I Thessalonians 2, verses 15 and 16: "The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men; Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost."