And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the kings seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the kings palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans (Daniel 1:3,4).
Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem, defeated it, sacked the temple and took the golden holy vessels from Jerusalem to Babylon. He also scattered the skilled men and took the best of the children back to Babylon to train them as leaders in his kingdom. Notice he targeted that which was holy–scattered the men and compromised the children. Satan is using the same tactics today.
Families within the church are under attack and under siege. It is the children who suffer the most when any society is under siege. In the siege of Samaria in II Kings chapter six it was the children who were consumed.
Satan’s goal is to indoctrinate our children and change their language. He wants to take our holy vessels to his temple. Satan is attempting to break up our marriages and scatter our families. Even the institution of ‘marriage’ itself is being devalued. A front page New York Times article reported that more than half of births to mothers under age thirty occur out of wedlock. Children still need both parents.
Childhood has disappeared with the advent of the media. Children are now seeing and experiencing things that would cause most adults to blush. Respect for intimacy and sex within marriage is out of vogue. Respect for human life is sacrificed on the altar of “women’s rights” to be selfish. God is banished from our courts and from our schools.
Satan is after our best. He wants the children of the King of Kings. He wants our innocent children – children without blemish, well favored, skillful in wisdom and cunning in knowledge. He wants those among us who are intelligent and have the ability to stand before kings. Satan is trying to subvert them by teaching them the values and the language of this culture. He wants to educate them away from their family and their church and so make them question their faith and their values.
Pharaoh told Israel that they could go and worship as long as they left their wives and their children in Egypt. His plan today is still to defeat the parents by dividing them. He gets to the children by keeping the parents so busy and stressed they fail to train. He gets to the children by encouraging parents to compromise their standards. He gets to children by getting parents to grow cold spiritually.
Satan seizes our children while they are outside their city of refuge. Moving them to Babylon by enrolling them and indoctrinating them while in the public schools. He captures our children by introducing them to ungodly friends and feeding them worldly entertainment. Satan captivates our children right in our homes through computers and through cell phones. We as parents would never let a stranger say and do in our homes what we allow TV to do right in front of our children.
Satan is giving our children daily portions of the food of this culture, “kings meat, and kings wine” – daily doses of this world’s philosophy, daily portions of this world’s values and daily doses of this world’s godless media. The problem is, it is still “Foreign food offered to a Foreign God.”
So, Satan captures the minds of our children by breaking up our families, invading their cell phones and infiltrating their Public Schools.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11).
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