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Delighting in the Cunning One

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

The Israeli Holocaust Museum, like the one in Washington DC, begins the story of the unforgiveable murder of six million Jews by firing squads and gas chambers with Hitler’s appeal to German pride, adoration of the land, and belief in the superiority of the Aryan race, as thousands and thousands stood in mass rallies in the 1930s raising their right hand, palm forward, and shouting out in unison, “Heil Hitler! Heil, mein Fuhrer!  Hail Hitler! Hail, my leader!”

Now we know the end of the story, but at the beginning as Hitler’s Blitzkrieg crushed Poland, Norway, France, and almost England, it looked like he was invincible. This was a lie, but thousands who deified their nation and worshiped the power of success believed. Brilliant German engineers reasoned and wrestled with the manufacturing dilemma of how to generate cost effective, efficient factories of mass construction. And this was the nation that boasted some of the world’s leading universities and high culture.

If we want to propose that education and culture can tame the beastly savagery lurking in the human heart, we need to look again at the rooms at Auschwitz filled with human hair and listen to the silence of a million and a half children who never even got to begin to live.

The Apostle Paul warns us that before Jesus returns to set up his kingdom on earth, Satan is going to raise up his counterfeit messiah, a man far more gifted than Hitler.  Here’s how Paul describes his seductive rise to world domination.

“The coming of the lawless one will be instigated by God’s adversary, Satan. He will enable this man to do all kinds of powerful things, signs and false wonders and all kinds of evil that will deceive those who are perishing. This will be their destiny because they refuse to love the truth so that they could be saved. Because of their rejection of truth, God will give them over to a powerful delusion. They will believe the lie and so they will be condemned---those who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Truth, morality, love, justice, and goodness—we do not create these things by our thinking, feelings, or acts of our will. To believe we decide what is good and evil is to deceive ourselves as we give ourselves rights that only belong to God. Those who do this want God out of their lives, and Paul tells us that God will grant their wishes. He will disappear from their lives and without God’s presence, conviction of guilt, insight into what is true, and any hope of salvation disappear. Satan’s counterfeit messiah leads, like Hitler, to defeat and death.

LORD, powerfully lead men and women to the true Messiah, the true King of Kings. Soften hearts before they become so hard that you abandon them to their own passions and desires. Help us to delight in Jesus, not some false trickster who has no power over sin and death.

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