Growing up, I did not realize good would triumph in the end. In my young life, it seemed clear evil was the stronger, and evil would prevail. Good would tragically die.
Satan twisted the truth to his own ends, and God rebuked him.
Zechariah had now received one of the great Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures.
These were newish Christians, still in the early stages of having their faith anchored in truth. What a precarious time it was for the first century church.
What is fascinating about this particular code word is that it originally queued Satan, as depicted by the prophet Isaiah.
God’s mighty deliverance of the world through the cross held echoes of the ancient contest God entered into with the powerful gods of Egypt.
Peace I send forth to you, my peace I commit to you—not as the world delivers do I deliver. Do not let your hearts be troubled, stirred up, and agitated, neither let you all be afraid.
The antidote to Satan's deceptions and schemes is found in retraining our minds, renouncing the lies, reprogramming the way we think by renewing our minds daily through the study of scripture, prayer, and living out the truths we learn.
According to both the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostles Paul, Peter, and John, spiritual warfare is very real and human beings are both the battle ground and the prize.