The Devil and Daniel Webster is a short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. In it, Jabez Stone, a New England farmer, has such bad luck that he sells his soul to the devil to become prosperous. Eventually, the devil comes to collect Jabezs debt. But the eminent lawyer Daniel Webster is called in to defend him. Through a skillful series of arguments, Webster wins the case against the devil, and Jabez is saved from perdition.
Of course, this tale is only fiction. But the Bible records a vision in which Satan accuses a believer before the Divine Judge. Joshua, a high priest, stands before God. As a picture of his personal sin and guilt, the priest is dressed in filthy clothing. Nearby, Satan accuses Joshua. But the Angel of the Lord rebukes him and says to Joshua: See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes (Zech. 3:4).
Only God can make a sinner acceptable to Him. And the New Testament tells us how: If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).
Do you feel unworthy to enter the presence of God? Remember, as Christians, our Saviors blood has cleansed us, and Christ Himself represents us.
Read: Zechariah 3:1-5
Satan is very active in today's world. The youths are especially vulnerable. Very few children have parents teaching them the Word of God at home. The Jewish community does make a point to do this, if they are religiously observant.
Satan is a deceiver and a liar from the beginning. The world ridicules the idea of Satan. This shooting is an excellent example of the deceptive power of Satan.
Father God help us not to be deceived. Send thy holy spirit to give us understanding and wisdom. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to to know thee, time is short, in Jesus name, amen.