Today you should read: 1 Peter 5:1-14
If you were at CPC Richmond a few weeks ago, you know what lens I see this passage through. You may accuse me of being theologically informed by Pixar, but this Finding Nemo clip made the idea of Satan as “roaring lion seeking to devour” come to life. The angler fish = Satan. Us = Marlin and Dory. The little light: temptation and sin. Check it out:
In this final chapter of 1 Peter, we receive great instruction from an apostle who had to learn the hard way. Peter spoke from experience; he knew the danger that the church was going to face. After all, this Satan who was attacking the church is the same one of whom Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat”. This may be the driving force behind the preliminary admonition to pastors to “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (v.2-3).
Before getting to the famous “roaring lion” section, Peter gives us a few more tidbits on fending him off:
• Submit to our spiritual authorities in the church (v.5)
• Live with humility and let God be the one to lift you up (v.5-6)
• Leave your burdens at the foot of the cross (v.7)
• Remember that Jesus cares for you (v.7)
• Keep your eyes open and be alert to the spiritual realities that surround you (v.8)
With all this in mind, he then writes these serious words:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9, ESV)
My encouragement to us today is simple: don’t allow sin to reign in your life. Resist temptation and choose what is good and holy. Every sinful enticement you face HAS A STRING ATTACHED. At the end of that string is a roaring lion seeking to kill you. Praise be to God that we have a Lion on our side, too. When you read the whole story, you’ll find that the lion mentioned in 1 Peter 5 meets his doom at the hand of the Lion in Revelation 5.
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered…” Revelation 5:5a
Posted by: Todd Thomas