As Jesus’ reputation as healer and deliverer from demons continued to spread throughout Israel, a delegation of religious leaders arrive in Galilee to pick a fight with Jesus. The text is clear they are not a neutral party seeking to learn. They are there to accuse Jesus of being in cahoots with the Devil. In that day black magic activity often occurred outside the people of God. The religious leaders too quickly determined that the black magic had now entered the Jewish community because they had heard Jesus was healing and delivering people from demons. Jesus thoroughly dismantles their logic and reminds them of eternal damnation for those who do not respond to the work of the Holy Spirit.