Re:Verse reading–Mark 8:27-38 (day seven)
“Get thee behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”–v 33.
Most moderns (materialists, we are) don’t believe in Satan, anymore. Jesus did.
He knew the voice of His enemy. The well-worn strategies. The proposal of an “alternative wisdom” that over the years has proven so effective with foolish and unfaithful men. “Hath God said?” he whispers constantly in our ears.
Jesus recognized this malignant source even in the voice of His friends. It doesn’t matter who says foolishness, it is still foolishness. Jesus didn’t believe that truth was relative, that all opinions are legitimate. He believed that some truth came directly from Satan and was to be confronted. Wisely. Firmly. Without apology.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction.”–2 Timothy 4:2
Easy work? No. Necessary work? Yes. Lord, please make us like you!