Not too long ago I knew someone who moved out of a particular living situation that was not to ideal. It turns out that when this person finally got out of that place the person who they had stayed with helped them pack and added in a few of his own fairwell gifts, trash. I am remimded of what Jesus taught about the devil. Jesus taught about the true wheat from the false wheat, and taught a parable about the work of the evil one in the world.
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” [Matthew 13:24-30]
Jesus was teaching a parable here to convey the truth that there would be conterfeit Christians that are raised up by Satan to sow doubts among the non Christians about faith in Christ.
Jesus also taught a parable of the sower,
in contrast the farmer sowing in this story is good, and sows good seed, the Word of God but the events unfold like this:
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
One thing that particularly stood out was the teaching of how the birds came and ate up the good seed on the paths. Jesus later explains the meaning of each of the four soils to his disciples:
15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” [Mark 4:15-20]
“Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”
How does he succeed in this? He sows deception, doubt and confusion. Personally in my life there have been times where I read in the Word and felt so refreshed but not long after something hits me to start to doubt God’s love for me or his feelings toward me and paint him im the wrong light. Or other times I will be convinced God has spoken something really awesome into my life and then doubts shortly after pop in, “It’s too good to be true” or “You are getting delusional and that could never happen.”
For Christians too Satan would love to deceive into unproductive instruments. He cannot steal our salvation but will steal whatever he can get his hands on. For non Christians, he loves to sow early on skepticism about the faith, who we are as individuals and he uses a world system under the power of sin to lie to us from childhood, “You will never measure uo or be anything special or significant” or “Your ugly and people will only accept you if you look a certain way, have a certain status and have lots of money, only the strongest survive!”
He uses people and events that have been chained by the powers of sin to deceive. He often tells the non believer their sinful ways of living or doing things is just what it takes to survive, thrive or get ahead. The devil would say, “Those things you are told are sin, you cannot help it, you were born this way and cannot change.” And when people accept his garbage and sown ideas and lies they identify themselves with the negative things they do. If Satan can tie our identity to our sin, we may despair change because we may feel that we wont be our unique selves anymore. Yet like the man who scattered trash among the articles of clothes so the devil also sows deception among the lost and tries to do what he can to spoil the influence of Christians also.
“For the god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unbeliever” Paul writes, and Satan is a deceiver, thief and “The father of lies” as Jesus said.
We must refuse to let him sow what is his among us and as The Lord Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”