The Devil’s Day

Imagine Satan walking down your street asking for favors. Well, on October 31st, it’s not that hard to do. But actually it is. That kid with horns, a pitchfork, and a long red tail doesn’t really present the kind of demonic temptation we find in the Bible. Go ahead and give the kid candy, but he really should find a better role model for choosing a costume. Good grief.

Two thousand years ago Satan walked with Jesus and tempted him with food (Luke 4:3). You can call this the first Trick or Treat. Jesus didn’t fall for it. Satan tried his best. He even quoted Scripture when he challenged Jesus to throw himself off the temple, saying, “For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against the stone.'”

This is a quote from Psalm 91:11. Satan reminded Jesus of the promise of God’s provision that the Father wouldn’t allow the Son to strike his foot against a stone. I just wished Satan quoted the whole chapter. The Psalmist goes on to say that this foot of the Messiah would crush the serpent, “You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot” (Psalm 91:13).

Of course, Satan had heard these words long before the Psalmist penned them. Back in the Garden of Eden, the Creator told Eve, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Satan had his day. In the third chapter of Genesis, he savored his victory. In the temptation of Christ, it may have seemed like history was heading in his favor. But Jesus didn’t cave in, even when his dead body was buried in a borrowed tomb. He didn’t stay in. And one day he will return and crush the head of the serpent underfoot. The Devil will have his day at last.