Be Concerned

September 20, 2018

Luke 13:17… As He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by Him.

            Notice the wording of this verse. “All His adversaries and all the people” Either Luke was careless with the word, “all” or the adversaries weren’t people.  

If he was careless with the word,”all”, “people” may have referred to the crowds of common folk who hung out Listening to, and watching, Jesus. “Adversaries” may have only referred to the leaders who were set on getting rid of him. But, if Luke knew that Jesus’ true adversaries were not people but Spirits, then, “people” could have referred to all humans.

            Luke could have known this. He did not travel with Jesus and the disciples. He came along later and travelled with Paul. Paul said…

Ephesians 6:12… For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against cosmic powers over this present darkness , and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

            Paul seemed to have a grasp of the situation. I often, unwittingly, put a human face to evil; or I put evil on a human face. Jesus died for all humans.

            Both Luke and Paul, who did not walk with Jesus when He was alive on earth, likely heard the story of Jesus looking at Peter and saying, “Get behind me Satan.” Satan influenced Peter’s thinking and his words. Jesus knew Peter to be a bumbling goof but not a demon possessed man.

            That last statement makes me think: Does Satan look for an opportunity to use us in his schemes or does he only want to rule over us at all times. It would seem from this writing that he wants to use us however he can. He does not limit himself to total allegiance.

            That brings me to one of my pet peeves, which I now think is part of Satan’s plan. It is a travesty that churches accept and even encourage a whole spectrum of activities and thoughts for Christians. One church may preach that modern music is too sensual to be part of worship, while another church may demonstrate total freedom to use extreme performance activities and call it worship. If Satan can delude true worship, he makes God seem unconcerned.