Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 12:28 - 12:28

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 12:28 - 12:28

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Luke hath the same, Luk_11:20, only for the Spirit of God he hath the finger of God. By the kingdom of God he here meaneth the coming of the Messiah, which is so called, Dan_2:44. The time is come, when the Lord begins his kingdom of grace, setting up his King upon his holy hill of Zion, Psa_2:6; whence we may observe, that Christ giveth in his casting out of devils by a Divine power, as an argument to prove himself the Messiah; for saith he, By this you may know the kingdom of God is come amongst you, that there is one come among you who by the finger, power, or Spirit of God casts out devils. But where had the force of this argument been, if the Jews had had exorcists whom God had so honoured, though vagabonds, as to cast out devils, upon their calling upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while in the mean time they derided and contemned Christ?