Matthew recounts the occasion when Peter unwittingly was following Satan instead of Jesus.Â After straightforwardly telling His disciples He was going to be killed and be raised the third day Peter pulled Jesus aside and rebuked Him saying, â€œBe it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.â€Â Matthew 16:22
The disciples thought that Jesus, their Messiah, would rise up and cast off the Roman yoke of oppression and become Israel’s king.Â They did not understand, nor could they accept, the idea that their Messiah must first be killed.Â God forbid!Â That cannot happen was the thinking of Peter as he tugged Jesus aside to rebuke Him.
Jesus faced Peter but spoke to Satan, â€œGet thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.â€Â Matthew 16:23. Did Jesus call Peter Satan?Â That seems unlikely because Peter wasn’t Satan, who, was the gravest offense to Jesus.Â He rebuked Satan because Peter’s thinking reflected Satan’s diabolical intent rather than God’s plan.Â Satan didn’t want Jesus to be crucified because he knew the outcome.
No, Jesus did not say â€œshooâ€ to Satan.Â That wold have been silly and ineffective but He did order Satan, â€œGet thee behind me.â€Â (In other words, Get away from me Satan. God’s will be done not yours.)Â Jesus rebuked Satan and ordered him to remove himself.Â Christians too must dispel the influence of Satan on their lives.Â How do we shoo Satan away when we recognize his influence on us?
Jesus showed the best method for shooing Satan.Â In chapter 4 of Matthew we read of Satan personally tempting Jesus.Â Three times Jesus rebuffed Satan by citing the Word of God.Â When Satan offered Jesus the world’s kingdoms Jesus said, â€œGet thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thous serve.â€Â Matthew 4:10. The next verse says, â€œThen the devil leaveth him…â€Â Satan will leave us if we properly reject him as Jesus did.
This is the best method (there are more) for shooing or driving away Satan.Â First, demand Satan to go away.Â Jesus said, â€œGet thee hence, Satan.â€Â He followed that by quoting God’s Word that fit the occasion.Â That emphasizes our need to know God’s Word.Â Our ability to shoo Satan will be weakened if we cannot speak Words of God that fit the situation at hand.
Christians are tempted daily by Satan’s worldly influences.Â God forbid we submit to his deceitful and destructive ways.Â We must send him away and refuse him by speaking the Word of God.
GOD, HELP US TO RECOGNIZE SATAN’S PRESENCE AND TO SHOO HIM AWAY FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE GIVEN US BY JESUS.