I don’t mean to be on a devil kick, but I came across something interesting when I was looking at verses for my post on the unguarded mind.
A month or so ago I wrote a post about Job Chapter 1. I pointed out that when Satan challenged the validity of the relationship between God and man, God answered the challenge. He allowed Job to be tested in order to “prove” to Satan (and perhaps all or some of the other angels) that a person’s love for Him was not dependent upon material blessings and physical protection.
I don’t know why Satan is allowed to levy this kind of accusation or exactly what the motive is. It seems like he’s trying to make a mockery of God’s little “human project,” which is an outflow and expression of God’s own heart and character. That is an interesting thing to speculate about all on its own.
But the other day I noticed that Luke 22:31 could be describing a similar situation.
Luke 22:31 (NASB)
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;
I never thought much of this before. Of course Satan wants to mess with Peter…he always wants to mess with God’s people. I assumed this was permitted so that Peter could learn valuable lessons about trust, faith, mercy, forgiveness, and the power of God.
But it is entirely possible that the heavenly dialog concerning Peter was similar to the one about Job. Peter just happens to be the man God chose to be the leader of His new church (this is true no matter what one thinks the petra or rock is referring to in Matt. 16:18). Coincidence that he was being targeted?
Or maybe the validity of the redeemed church of God was being maligned, challenged, and mocked. Maybe Peter was the proof-test. Maybe, as in the case of Job, the lessons Peter learned were secondary to what was being demonstrated in the heavens—the power of the relationship between Christ and His bride!
I know the Bible doesn’t tell us…but do you think the connection is possible? Likely? The result of an overactive imagination? What do you think of the concept of this type of interaction between God and Satan as a whole? I’d love to hear your thoughts…