Proverbs 22:28, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” 23:10, “Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:”
I believe everyone, young or old should understand that the temptation to change is always there. Jesus said, “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”
Satan hath desired-you. That is, all the apostles, because these words were not addressed to Peter only. Satan had already deceived Judas; and nearly gotten Peter as well; but he desired to have them all.
We need to understand that the pastor is Satan’s primary target in the church, but he desires us all. On the other hand, we can clearly see that the devil cannot tempt any man except by God’s permission. He desires to do all evil; but he is permitted only to do what God allows.
We also need to understand that Satan is the prince of all evil, and one of his goals is to try or test our faith by placing temptations and trials in our way. You will remember that God gave Job into his hands, to see if he would be found faithful, or unbelieving. So Satan desired to have Peter in his hands, that he might also test him.
May sift you as wheat. Grain was always shaken in some kind of fan or sieve. The grain would remain in the sieve, and the chaff would be blown off. The destruction of the wicked, and their helplessness, are often compared to the carrying away of chaff by the wind (Isaiah 17:13; Hosea 13:3; Zephaniah 2:2).
So Christ says that Satan desired to try Peter; to place trials and temptations before him; to trouble him; to see whether anything of faith would remain, or whether all would not be found to be chaff and only a false profession of faith.
What I am saying is that Satan sought to destroy Peter and the apostles by trying to change them. But, Jesus said, “I have prayed for thee.”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!