Mark 14:1-2 (KJV)
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
Would any deny that the work of the chief priests and scribes to put Jesus to death was of the Devil? I therefore draw three conclusions concerning him:
He is religious
It was the Devil who motivated and moved in the thoughts and actions of these religious leaders. Satan seeks to be like the Most High. He craves worship and attracts others by tempting them with their own chance at deity. He is far from being irreligious. He is rather pan-religious. He cares not what form the religion takes so long as it is not properly directed at the Living God (and, as Cain learned, is therefore directed toward Satan).
He is crafty
Which simply means that he is:
The Devil is a liar and the father of lies. The one predictable character of the Devil is that he lies. So good is he at this that, if we do not watch, he would deceive the people of God.
He is fearful
Perhaps the thing Satan is most fearful of is that people will turn to God. His craft is therefore designed to prevent people from seeing through his lies. He allows for enough truth that the unsuspecting fail to see what is false. He lures them in with:
- Just enough goodness
- Just enough light
- Just enough truth
That they fail to see the path leads away from the True and the Living God.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
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