By David A. Sargent
There is a house for sale at 546 Munich
Street in San Francisco, California. It is near public
transportation and two parks. It is also just minutes from the
coast. The house is described as a single-family home with two
bedrooms and two bathrooms. You may see a picture of the house
with its listing (http://vanguardsf.com/RESI-403636.php) or drive by
the property, but that’s all that you’ll get to see. According
to the listing, the “Seller will not provide any interior showings
or inspections.” It will be sold “AS IS with no repairs,” and
no one but the current tenants knows the condition of the inside of
The house is occupied by “tenant and former
owner,” but the listing also advises:” Please do not disturb the
occupants who will not be vacating prior to the sale.” To make
matters worse, the listing states: “The Buyer assumes all risks
associated with the existing tenancies after close of escrow. Seller
will not transfer any legal action related to any existing
tenancies.” According to AOL Real Estate, this statement
“means that once you buy the home of mysterious interiors, you also
have the responsibility of kicking out the tenants!” *
Now who would want to buy a house without
looking at its interior and knowing that the buyer would have to
deal with some mysterious tenants?
But WE succumb to the same kind of
Satan, the tempter (Matthew 4:3), makes SIN
look very appealing, but he purposefully doesn’t disclose all the
details about it. He emphasizes the personal pleasure of
engaging in sin, but he doesn’t inform the victim that the pleasure
is only temporary (Hebrews 11:25) and that the consequences are
deadly (Romans 6:23).
Observe the tactics of the tempter with his
first “listing”: see Genesis 3...
The “property” that Satan wanted Eve to
“buy” was the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil, concerning which God had commanded Adam and Eve NOT to
eat, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”
(Genesis 2:17). Satan sought to raise doubts in Eve’s mind as
to God’s command and His character by telling her: “You will not
surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes
will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”
“So when the woman saw that the tree was
good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree
desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also
gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6).
What Satan did NOT “list” were the
consequences of sin such as shame (3:7-8), fear (3:10), guilt
(3:7-13), hardship (3:16-19), and death (3:22-24).
Satan uses the SAME kind of “listings” to
tempt us to sin (1 John 2:15-16; James 1:14-15), without including
the destructive consequences. Sadly, each one of us has
“bought in” (Romans 3:23).
But God loves us so much that He gave His
Son Jesus to die on the cross to pay the price for our redemption
from sin (Ephesians 1:7) and to defeat Satan (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Jesus will save those who will place their
faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in repentance
(Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sin (Acts
2:38). He will continue to cleanse those who continue to walk
in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
Buying in on Satan’s property is a terrible
deal. But God will “buy you back” (redeem you) if you will
only accept the Savior’s offer on His terms.
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood
in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
entitled Living Water." To learn more about this excellent
resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Information gleaned from http://realestate.aol.com,
http://vanguardsf.com, and “Buying a House Without Looking Inside”
by Brett Petrillo in Daily Bread (1/7/13), an e-mail ministry of the
Bear Valley Church of Christ in Denver, CO. See