The Bait of Offense


1.   Introduction


·         New Series based upon the book by John Bevere –“Bait of Satan”

·         Opportunity to grow and mature in relationships.

·         Opportunity to remove hidden walls and barriers in relationships

·         Opportunity to recognise and overcome major strategy of the devil.

Luke 17:1.  “It is impossible that no offenses should come.”


2.   Offense is the Bait of a Trap.


·         Offense = 4625 = Greek skandalon = a trap stick used in a trap

·         Scandal = to offend by some action.

·         2 Tim 2:24-26 they that may escape the snare of the devil.

·         Offenses are a bait – they draw people into a trap they do not see and hinder their relationships and ability to be productive.

·         Are you offended?  How would you know if you were?


3.   Offenses Destroy Relationships.


Matthew 24:10. (In the last days) then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another.

·         Note the progression; Offended = betrayal = Hatred.

(a)  Offended:

Proverbs 18:19.  A brother offended is harder to be won then a stony city.

·         OT cities had walls around them to protect them from the enemies.

·         Walls controlled entry of people into the city.

·         Offenses build a wall around the heart to prevent further hurt.

·         Walls – deny entry to people we fear will hurt us – we require a debt to be paid!

·         Who are the people who offend you?


(b) Betrayal

                           = to violate relationship, loyalty or allegiance

                           =3861=to surrender, give up, put into prison.

            Ie.  We are in covenant with Christ and with one another.

            Covenant = agreement between two people – committed to relationship

            Covenant breaking = betrayal of relationship

            Eg. John12:4/13:27.  Judas – offended = betrayal (revealed whereabouts)

            Eg. Matthew 26:31.  Disciples – offended – betrayal (abandoned)

            Eg.  2Sam15. Absalom – offended = betrayed (ran down David)


(c)  Hatred

            Eg. 2 Sam 13:22.  Absalom hated Amnon – spoke neither good nor bad.

            Eg. Gen 37:4.  Josephs brothers hated him – could not speak peaceably.

            Eg. 2 Sam 13:15.  Amnon hated Tamar – rejected/avoided her.

            Eg. Prov 26:24.  He that hates disguises it with his lips.

·         1 John 3:15.  He that hates his brother is a murderer.



My soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowler.  The snare is broken, we are escaped – or help is in the name of the Lord.