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Matthew 12:22-37 The Kingdom vs the kingdoms

In this teaching, The Kingdom vs. the kingdoms, we will identify the Kingdom as the Kingdom of God/YeHoVaH and the kingdoms as the kingdoms of men. We will differentiate between the Kingdom and the kingdoms, compare their rulerships, and make the case of why we must choose which one we will serve, commit to, and pay homage to.

On our journey through the Gospel according to Matthew, this teaching will be one of the clearest, revelatory, thought provoking teachings of Yeshua’s Kingdom Gospel teachings to date.

Mt 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 

 A man was brought to him that was possessed by a devil. Yeshua identifies the demons as:

1. Blind causing him not to see physically.

One can also be spiritually blind. 

2. Dumb as in speech. The man was unable to speak because of the dumb spirit. 

Mt 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 

Mt 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 

 The Pharisees did not dispute the fact the man had been possessed by demonic spirits or deny that the man had spirits, but they argued that Yeshua used satanic power to cast out that which was caused satan. At face value, the argument did not make sense, so Yeshua showed them the senselessness of their argument.

Yeshua used the situation of the man and expanded it to kingdoms and nations.

Yeshua turns His conversation towards the Pharisees in response to what they said.

Mt 12:25 And Yeshua knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 

The Kingdom of God/Heaven is ruled by the King of Glory. The kingdoms of men are the kingdoms of this world. Satan is the prince of the power of the air, the ruler of this world, and its kingdoms that are ruled by men, who are selected and voted on by men.  

The problem with the kingdoms of men is that the men who rule think they are in charge when the one in charge is satan. 

The kingdoms of men are in constant division with various parties; various philosophies; various, confusing, and conflicting messages that change from ruler to ruler, striving to rule.

There are 3 countries that are predominantly theocracies or religiously ruled:

Iran – Shia Islam

Saudi Arabia – Sunni Islam

Vatican City State – Catholicism

The dominant Religions of the world

There are no kingdoms or countries on earth wholly or holy submitted to the Kingdom of God/Heaven to date, not even Israel. Israel this very day is having trouble formulating a government because of the divisiveness of men and their various agendas.

The kingdoms of men operate by their kingdom philosophies. 

After Yeshua was baptized by John and filled with the Holy Spirit, He was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. The devil offered Yeshua all of the kingdoms of the world if he would fall down worship him.

Mt 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 

Mt 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 

Mt 4:10 Then saith Yeshua unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Mt 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The devil was able to offer the kingdoms of the world because he was the prince of the world and ruled over the world and its people.

Jn 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 

Jn 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 

Jn 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Paul called the devil the god of this world.

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 

2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Messiah, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Mt 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 

Currently the kingdoms of this world belong to satan, but the time will come when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Elohim.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Messiah; and he shall reign for ever and ever.


Mt 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 


The reference here is to sorcery. Sorcery was forbidden but was being practiced.


Ac 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Ac 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Yeshua: 

Ac 13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 

Ac 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Ac 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, Ac 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Ac 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Yeshua, saying, We adjure you by Yeshua whom Paul preacheth. 

Ac 19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

Mt 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 

The way Luke captures Yeshua’s statement invoked a familiar tune with the religious leaders.

Lk 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 

Lk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 


Ex 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Dt 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

Lk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 

Lk 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 

Lk 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 

Lk 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. Lk 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Lk 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him 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.

Mt 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 

Mt 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth 

Mt 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  Mt 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 

Yeshua said if you speak against Him, you can be forgiven, but if you speak against the Holy Spirit there is no forgiveness.

The Pharisees were speaking against and blaspheming the Holy Spirit. How? 

Mt 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 

Yeshua appeals to the Pharisees to get right with YeHoVaH.

Mt 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 

Yeshua identifies the Jewish religious leaders in their current state and calls them out based on the fruit of the heart that proceeds from the mouth.

Mt 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  

Mt 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 

Lk 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 

Lk 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 

Lk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.


Mt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 

Yeshua’s selection of “word” in these 2 verses:

Idle – 692 ἀργός argos {ar-gos'} 

Meaning:  1) free from labour, at leisure 2) lazy, shunning the labour which one ought to perform

Usage:  AV - idle 6, slow 1, barren 1; 8


Word – 4487 ῥῆμα rhema {hray'-mah} 

Meaning:  1) that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word 1a) any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning 1b) speech, discourse 1b1) what one has said so far as it is a matter of command 2) a matter of dispute, case at law 

Usage:  AV - word 56, saying 9, thing 3, no thing + 3756 1, not tr 1; 70

First use of “word” by Yeshua is connected to YeHoVaH’s words.

Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Paul uses “word” in connection with faith in YeHoVaH.

Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Idle words are words that are unproductive in building faith in YeHoVaH.

Mt 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Words – 3056 λόγος logos {log'-os} 

Meaning:  1) of speech 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea 1b) what someone has said 1b1) a word 1b2) the sayings of God 1b3) decree, mandate or order 1b4) of the moral precepts given by God 1b5) Old Testament prophecy given by the prophets 1b6) what is declared, a thought, declaration, aphorism, a weighty saying, a dictum, a maxim 1c) discourse 1c1) the act of speaking, speech 1c2) the faculty of speech, skill and practice in speaking 

Last Updated on September 7, 2021 by Arthur Bailey Ministries

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