“But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder the house.”
The parable speaks of the devil. Christ has bound him, and plunders his house, stealing us. Some horrifying implications here: without Christ, we are the devil’s. Some joyful implications here: the devil is bound, and now we are Christ’s.
YHWH tsidkenu, the LORD our righteousness (verse 6).
God is really, really against the twisting of His words, and the “prophets” who speak falsely on His behalf.
Pray that we are not bad figs.
Reading these passages makes me pessimistic for the future of the middle east, and for the future of all mankind apart from Christ.