Why Satanic Policies Often Prevail
Next Satan took him to the peak of a very high mountain, and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. "I`ll give it all to you, he said, if you kneel and worship me. In context,Jesus had just been baptized whereby stepping out and up publicly into his earthly leadership role. He is immediately led into the wilderness specifically to be tested for 40 days and nights. The focus here is on Satan`s timing, how accurately swift he strikes with deadly precision, when people are placed in positions of power over others. The evil one knows that shortly after being promoted, or soon after rising up to a higher position, we humans are especially vulnerable. Still others who`ve already yielded to Satan follow his lead step by step by advancing up the corporate ladder. Either way my focus is on the mountain top experience. What happens in us.
He knows that in the human mind, the moment we come up, we often begin talking to ourselves (inner thought voice) as we experience the freshness of the new level of success. In our minds we say "So this is what success feels like up here; I like it! I`m king of the hill! Top of my game! Oh yeah, the thrill of victory can be intoxicating. The right thing to do would be to praise God, give him the glory. Even still, the exalted feeling will still surface. Oh yeah, the battle in the mind is real... Furthermore, the devil is poised, because he knows that all high places are slippery places. So, he simply waits for the exalted mood to fade or wear off. Then when the honeymoon is over a sense of vulnerability swoops in alarming you of how easily you could blow it if you don`t perform at an even greater level. You sense that "What got you here won`t keep you here." You`ve won the position, and don`t want to lose it, which simultaneously creates a deeper sense of urgency to keep on winning. These are natural human tendencies. Its not difficult for the evil one to recognize when the honeymoon of achieving success phase is over for humans. Its at this point when the evil one slithers upon the scene offering various ways that seemingly guarantee continued success. The methods will seem to provide job security, protect your interests, offer greater skill levels, reinforce the status-quo that placed you where you stand...Their is only one condition that is required of you. To "kneel down" and worship Satan. This kneeling down stuff speaks of falling from a upright position of integrity to a position whereby you willingly compromise with evil.
Satan is popping his collar in America right now. Observe the following example. Morning headlines: "Stunning Drug Lab Scandal could overturn 23,000 convictions. Annie Dookhan who worked at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston. She admitted to tampering with evidence, forging test results and lying about it. The former lab tech served 3 years in prison before being released last year. Why Dookhan did it remains a somewhat of a mystery. Investigators and former collegues have said the Trinidian immigrant seemed driven by a compulsion to overachieve, even if it meant making things up or cutting corners. She became the labs most prolific analyst. A record that impressed her supervisors but also worried her co-workers. A concern that went overlooked, investigators found. "Some are having their case dismissed because we believe that the integrity of the system of justice is more important than their convictions." Again, I say Satan is popping his collar in America right now. But, as revealed in the conclusion of this example, this fight is fixed! In the mighty name of Jesus: good will prevail over evil.
Here is a fairly familiar biblical episode where when, the evil one (operating somewhat like a puppet master) responds to the the healing of a lame man. My specific focus once again is upon how such evil supernatural/human collaborations were in play behind the scene establishing evil policies that inevitably spread. The sequence of events reveal how Satan protects his evil interest upon the earth within human affairs. First lets backtrack; Christianity was brand new to the scene, Jesus had been recently crucified, the day of Pentecost had came and gone, where when his disciples had been filled with the Holy Spirit. This "filling" empowered the disciples for a higher level of ministry. Satan could not stop them from being empowered, nor could he prevent the disciples from doing what God empowered them to do. His options were limited, and so, Satan not only focused on discrediting Jesus`s disciples, he approached through the sinful tendencies of the religious leaders who opposed Christianity from the start. This is often how many evil policies are birthed. As stated elsewhere, the methods employed will always subdue the deep seated sense of inferiority that`s often the root cause behind the need to elevate oneself above others. This in turn, seems to provide job security, protect self-interest, etc. These self-centered sin-filled motivations ultimately manifest as policies, evil doctrines, and laws. It`s significant to note that when such policies are enacted practically everyone on both sides of the aisle will not recognize that Satan has achieved his goal. Keep this truth in mind as we move to the next scene.
Here, is the scene when the lame man (from birth) saw Peter and John approaching the temple entrance and asked them for alms. At this point Acts 3:4-8 records Peter`s response, "And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God." At this point Peter began preaching to the crowd, by breaking down, what, why, and the how, the lame man was , healed, delivered and set free. Oh yeah Peter and John, fully empowered, anointed, and under the direction of the Holy One, began preaching the gospel truth about Jesus. In response, as recorded Acts 3:10 the eye witnesses were "...filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." This brings us to my focus in Acts 4.
Acts 4:1-3 "While they were talking to the people, the chief priests, the captain of the Temple police, and some of the Sadducees came upon them, very disturbed that Peter and John were claiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. They arrested them and since it was already evening, jailed them overnight. But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so that the number of believers now reached a new high about 5,000 men!"
According to historical sources, It was not until 64 A.D. when the evil one would step up his game by employing Nero ( who would become the Roman Emperor) to specifically target Christians for persecution. However, during this particular period of time, when Peter and John were arrested the Roman authorities actually sanctioned specific religious activities. Subsequently,the arrest was not done by the Roman authorities. On the night in question, Peter and John were arrested by the Jewish leaders. Although Christianity was actually a sect of Judaism at the time, most if not all, Jewish leaders held a condescending position. As stated above, Christianity was brand new to the scene, and this significance points to how and why the religious leaders who had been well established not only questioned Peter and John`s religious authority, but flat out disagreed with what the two were so adamantly proclaiming. To add insult to injury; here, Peter and John were telling everyone that their authority came from the same man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who, the religious leaders had crucified. Moreover they proclaimed that this very same Jesus has risen from the dead, and that the same resurrection power that raised Jesus was employed upon the lame man. All of which contradicted what the religious leaders believed, and taught so strongly against.
You see, the Sadducees were Levitical priests who claimed to represent ancient orthodoxy. They further claimed too limit their beliefs to only the doctrines they could find in the first five books of the Old Testament. They denied the existence of the soul, angels, spirits and the biblical doctrine of resurrection. In their minds to believe in anything other than what they believed in was inconceivable of foolish at best. Moreover, for the Sadducees the "Messiah" would not be divine, and they rejected the idea of God interacting in human affairs. They dismissed the belief in eternity and denied the existence of the spirit realm.Subsequently, they tenaciously opposed any kind of developments in biblical law that they could not find in the Torah (Pentateuch/ first five books in O.T.) Get this in your spirit: Satan understands the power of "core beliefs." The best definition I`ve found of core beliefs is as follows. "Core beliefs are strongly-held, rigid, inflexible beliefs that are maintained by the tendency to focus on information that supports the belief and ignoring evidence that contradicts it." Oh yeah, core beliefs define how we see ourselves; view others, the world, and our future. Prayerfully consider how the evil one with this understanding about "core beliefs" starts planting his evil ideology, and distorted beliefs very early within the minds of humans. What I mean is that one reason why core beliefs present such challenges is because they often reach back into childhood. Or, in this case, the Sadducees core beliefs came from the Maccabean heroes. They were the Levitical priests who supposedly represented the ancient orthodoxy that the Sadducees clung too which reached back to 168-134 B.C. They believed that the messianic age actually started with themselves and trickled down to the Sadducees. This was why they rejected Peter and John proclaiming that Jesus was the Messiah. Moreover, these truths about the influence of core beliefs is why scripture commands us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
These Sadducees derived its members from the wealthy upper class of the Jewish aristocracy. In contrast to the Sadducees the Pharisees believed in the doctrine of the resurrection, and angels and other spirit beings. The Pharisees were from the middle class.
These were the reasons why they looked down upon those who preached the gospel truth about Jesus. Therefore envision the chief priests, the captain of the Temple police and the Sadducees not only being very disturbed, but drenched with a superior attitude, especially the Sadducees, as they approached Peter and John. Those with condescending attitude and pride tend to exaggerate the value of their opinions so much so that an elevated importance of what they perceive to be the "real deal" eliminates any possibility that would suggest that they are in error. Such people see themselves as greater than others, which often leads to abusing those they look down upon.