Give Us Barabbas
©September 1 , 2006 Asher Intrater
Two spirits that I don't like are 1) rebellion and 2) religious pride and jealousy. When the two come together, there is a particularly dangerous combination.
The human race has been in rebellion against God throughout our history (Psalm 2). Rebellion is glorified in every aspect of Western media, entertainment, and academics. There has been an unprecedented media attack on both the President of the U. S. and the Prime Minister of Israel over the past few years. Some of those attacks are from the outside, some are from within.
Rebellion is sometimes given expression through complaining and criticism. The children of Israel complained and murmured against Moses and Aaron at every turn throughout the wandering in the wilderness.
Numbers 14:22, 27
Any slob can sit on the sofa with a beer, watching television, and complain how bad the footballer on the field is playing. (Of course, he could do much better himself if he were playing!)
Religious pride and jealousy are what caused Cain to kill Abel, for Joseph's brothers to want to kill him, for King Saul to attempt to kill David, and of course for the religious leaders of Yeshua's day to demand for Him to be crucified.
In the case of the crucifixion, this religious jealousy combined with the rebellion of Barabbas' group.
The cry to crucify Yeshua (Jesus) and to free Barabbas was a team effort of rebellion against true spiritual authority, on the one hand, and religious pride and jealousy on the other.
This combination can also be seen in Hizballah's Islamic terrorist militants in Lebanon. They are rebelling against the government of Lebanon, and inciting the Shiite masses through religious propaganda.
This combination can also be seen in divisive spirits within a local Christian church or Messianic Jewish congregation. Splits are often caused by both rebellion and religious pride and jealousy. Fighting for unity (John 17) and against division (Luke 11) are the most basic principles of prayer and spiritual warfare that Yeshua taught us.
Sometimes it seems that the lies, accusations, and verbal attacks come in such speed and quantity, it is like a flood.
Let us not be knocked down by floods of criticism; nor let us be one of those whom Satan is using to "spew" words of rebellion and religious pride and jealousy out of our mouths. When the enemy attacks like a flood, let's be part of the standard that God is raising up (Isaiah 59:19).
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