Take a moment and pray that the Lord will speak to you in this time of study.
This past Sunday, Pastor Nate spoke about the Jezebel Spirit. If you don’t know what that is, it is a spirit of seduction. It is any enticement that would draw you away from God and His standards of holiness for us. It appears attractive at the time but is very deadly.
In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femme fatales, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The Greek poet Homer, in his fictional epic poem entitled, The Odyssey (written in the 8th Century BC), talks about Sirens. The poem centers mainly on the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses, as he was known in Roman myths) and his journey home to his wife and son after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after having fought in the Trojan War that lasted ten years.
One of the obstacles Odysseus and his men encounter is an island, where two Sirens call to the men on the ship. To prevent the men from being seduced and ultimately shipwrecked, Odysseus had his men lash him to the ship mast. The men, in turn, were to stuff wax in their ears. Thus, they were able to overcome the seduction and survive.
It’s ironic that Homer should make the Sirens appeal to the spirit, not to the flesh. The siren song is a promise to Odysseus of truths that come from powers of divination and prophesy. With a false promise that he will live to tell, they sing,
Once he hears to his heart’s content, sails on, a wiser man.
We know all the pains that the Greeks and Trojans once endured
on the spreading plain of Troy, when the gods willed it so—
all that comes to pass on the fertile earth, we know it all.
Claiming powers of divination and prophecy, the Sirens claimed to know both the past and the future. They promise to give Odysseus this knowledge and truth. In the story, their song takes effect at midday, in a windless calm. The end of that song is death. For those sailors who had previously perished, their flesh is described as rotting away, not because it had been eaten by animals but because they starved to death by refusing to leave.
Although this is a fictional story, consider what powerful imagery it contains for what happens when we are seduced to embrace evil. Even in the biblical account of creation, when Satan seduced Adam and Eve in the Garden to eat of the forbidden fruit and gain all knowledge and be like God, we see a spiritual and physical death as its consequence that has affected all of mankind. We are trapped in our sins unless God, in His grace and mercy, draws us to Christ by His Holy Spirit
Romans 6:23 (NASB) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:6-8 (NASB) 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
John 3:19 (NRSV) And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
We need to ask ourselves the questions, “What is it in your life that is trying to seduce you away from God and all that He has for you? Who is winning the battle? What is your protection that stops your ears? What ties you to the masthead of God’s truth?
The deeper devotionals this week are based on the message “Come Holy Spirit – Part 5″ by Pastor Nate Atwood at KPC on Sunday, June 24. To hear this message, go to www.kpc.org