“No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make” (Is 59:4-6)
The devil is compared to a spider. The works of the evil men are compared to spider’s webs. To better understand the works of the devil, read some information about the spider and its web.
Spiders are insects that have eight legs and fangs that inject venom killing their prey. The spider’s web is a snare to catch other insects. Each web is a work of art. The silky thread that makes the web is very strong. The spider silk is up to five times as strong as the same weight of steel. The silk itself has an ability to soften or stiffen to withstand different types of loads – unlike any other natural or man-made fiber. It is very durable. Removing up to 10 per cent of the threads from various areas made the web not weaker but actually up to 10 per cent stronger. Its complex structure means that when a single strand of a web breaks, the overall strength of the web increases rather than weakens. To spin a web the spider has to work a lot. The spider produces a fluid substance made of proteins. He loses weight when he builds its web. But once the web is ready, he can rest for the ‘food’ will come to him. The spider chooses wisely where to place its web. It avoids areas where the winds are too strong and where there is too much traffic. The spider prefers quiet dark places. The lonely insects are attracted by the mystery of the web and ignorantly fly into it. The spider produces two types of silky threads. Most of the web is made of sticky material which is able to capture any flying insect. The more the victim tries to free itself, the more it is wrapped in the web. The spider produces another type of silky thread which is stiff and non-sticky. These threads are all connected with the center and make the high ways for the spider to freely move up and down the net. Occasionally, the spider makes mistakes and it is captured in the sticky side of the web he has done to capture others.
We can spiritualize this information. The devil has a plan to ‘kill, steal and destroy’. The work of the devil is based on deception. He places his snares in areas that are dark and lonely. The offer of the devil looks beautiful and innocent but it is deadly. The devil is very skillful at tempting men and women. He uses the same strategies. The devil is not creative. The devil knows how to escape its own troubles but if you follow him, you will be captured by its lies. Once captured by the devil’s snare, you cannot free yourself. The more you struggle, the more the bondage increases. The sinner cannot save himself. He needs help from the outside. The only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ. When Christ died on the Cross, the veil at the Temple that separated men from God was torn into two. The sinners received forgiveness and direct access to enter the presence of God. The Son of Man was revealed to destroy the works of the devil (1Jn 3:8). Have faith in Christ crucified and resurrected! Jesus is able to destroy any ‘web’ of deception of the devil. If Jesus makes you free, you shall be free indeed!
Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, have mercy on us. We went astray and got entangled in the deception of the devil. We tried to free ourselves but we failed. We need Your help. Please help us now! We take authority against any deception of the devil. We destroy any spell placed on us and on our families, in the name of Jesus! We declare that by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the snare is broken and we are free! Testimonies of deliverance must follow! We shall testify to the power and goodness of God! Glory to God! In Jesus name we pray, amen!”