RESISTERE, latin for resist: resisting the devil

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NRSV 



In the Latin Vulgate, the translation uses resistere to encourage believers to take a stand against the Devil.  This stance is an oppositional one, but it is a prayerful, non-violent confrontation,  as it should be. This is exactly what Jesus does. When he was in the desert fasting (as many are during this Lenten season), the Evil One tempted him, showing him the militaristic glory and splendor of the Roman Empire and all of the other powerful kingdoms of the world in the first century. Rather than accepting the offer, or getting violent out of frustration from Satan’s pesky questions (I know I get annoyed when people ask me too many questions), Jesus preaches the Good News. The way that resistance happens is preaching the Gospel. #resistere

 

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