1. Like the recent "trial" Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, the scribes used the strategy against Jesus: destroy the person and you destroy their legacy, their life's work. The purpose of the scribes spreading these rumors and lies was to turn the hearts of the people against Jesus. They could not deny that he had power. But they could attribute Christ's power to evil. 2. How did Jesus respond to the scribes? Jesus reveals their deception and brings it out into the light. Jesus' method of using parables demonstrates that Satan's house is not divided, but Jesus is stronger because he is exercising power over Satan and the demons. * The scribes were attributing the goodness of the Word of God to Satan. * The scribes were attributing Christ's power to Satan and not to the Holy Spirit.