Saturday, 18 February 2012
By T.G. Blankenship at The Gethsemane Blog
Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,"
The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular.
What I grab from that fact is this: Jesus isn't speaking only about or towards Simon. We're with Simon.
We're in high demand.
Like Cain, sin desires us. In Genesis 4:7 the word used for sin 'crouching' at our door is a word that points to demons or governing authorities that are hated due to their desire for power.
We're desired. We're in high demand.
If once you start to sin, sin will draw you to itself more and more. There is a rabbinic aphorism: 'one transgression leads to another.'
Like Simon Peter we are desired by Satan and sin. Dominion over us is sought strongly, like a lion seeks prey. If we do not, as Cain did not, master it and overcome it [evil] with good as Jesus instructed then we shall be enslaved to it.
We shall be slaves to sin or free from it. If we allow, it will have it's desires and demands. Evil, sin, Satan, will have us (happily).
Thus, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world" (1Peter 5:8-9).