Nobody likes a tattletale. Maybe you have a brother or a sister that always seems to know what you've done. They never fail to tell your parents and get you in trouble.
In Genesis chapter 37 we read about Joseph and his 11 brothers. Now Joseph is famous for his coat of many colours but he was also famous for being a tattletale. In verse 2 we read, “Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.”
Joseph was his father's favourite son and he didn't do himself any favours the way he rubbed his brother's noses in it. In the end it nearly got him killed!
Rita Skeeter is like that. She seems nice, always glowing, shakes your hand warmly. She seems compassionate enough; but when she gets the goods on you, 'Wham!' She will make a mockery of you!
Rita represents the omnipresent force of untruth in the book. She deliberately complicates situations, stirring up trouble. She falsely spreads untrue stories about Harry and others taking quotes that she is fully aware are not accurate. Betrayal, deceit, trickery and unfaithfulness; these are the signs of a tattletale.
The Devil is a lot like this. In Revelation 12:10 he is called “the accuser of our brothers” and in Zechariah chapter 3 we see why. Here, the prophet Zecharaiah is describing a vision of a priest named Joshua, standing before the angel of the Lord; and Satan is there heckling him.
Joshua's clothes are filthy, not the clothes a priest would wear in front of a holy angel, and certainly not what one would wear when working before Almighty God. He stunk! His turban is ruined and incomplete. The way Joshua appears he is completely unable to serve God and Satan knew it. He had pointed out all that Joshua wasn't; all his short comings, all of his inadequacies.
Finally God says in verse 2, “Back off Satan! Is this man not a tool for my purposes?” (my paraphrase) Then Joshua was given a turban and on that turban was a plate with the inscription 'Holy to the LORD'. This was a turban of a priest, perfect and complete. Joshua was restored and in verse seven Joshua is told, “If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these [angels] standing here.” (Zec. 3: 7) Joshua is restored to God's service and is given the same access to God that angels have!
Satan is still an accuser today. Like a prosecuting attorney he has been watching you; keeping a list of all the things that you have done. He has been preparing a case against you and at the end of all time you will stand before God and will have to answer for all the things that you have done. It will be him that brings your case before God.
“Your honour, this dirtbag doesn't deserve mercy! He lied….. He lusted…..He cheated….”
“She stole…. She hated …. She even failed to show compassion.”
Satan will bring the whole case before God and then you will be called to defend yourself. Without Jesus, you will stand alone before God and will have to give an account for what you have done. You will have to explain everything. Excuses won't work; this is the Almighty God you are talking to! He has seen it all and knows all and there is nothing you can say to make these sins go away.
This is where having Jesus as a friend will make an eternal difference. If you are a Christian, it is Jesus who will be your defense attorney. He will present your case. He will stand beside you and speak in your defense. His words will be simple.
“Holy Father. My client is guilty but the price is already paid. The defense rests.”
That's it! You will walk free into an everlasting beautiful life in Heaven and these sins will die, in that courtroom; you will be free! With Jesus as your savior you will be cleared of all charges and will pass on to an eternal life.
Sir Lionel Luckhoo is a man with a unique distinction. In addition to being knighted twice by Queen Elizabeth, he is the most successful defense attorney who ever lived. According to the Guinness Book of World records, Sir Lionel has successfully defended against 245 separate murder charges. As a defense lawyer over a career spanning more than 30 years, he has meticulously picked apart 245 prosecution cases, finding in each some way of getting his client off without conviction.
Sir Lionel Luckhoo was also an atheist, until a friend challenged him to use his vast knowledge of law and his considerable intelligence to consider the evidence in favour of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He took up the challenge and, in once sentence, came to the conclusion that “the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt!”
If the greatest defense attorney who ever lived could not imagine standing alone before God trying to defend himself, why should you? No one can answer the accuser; no one except Jesus.