In Luke, as Zechariah the High Priest for that year entered the Holy of Holies, he met the angel Gabriel and was struck dumb in unbelieving faith that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a baby, John the Baptist, who would bring peace to the World for he would make the way straight for the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ. Zechariah and his wife were good and righteous people, obeying the laws and doing diligently offerings to God. Doing the sacrifice is not a test of God per say, or just following the law, but necessary to cleanse the nation from sin. The sacrifice look to the future of the Son of God being sacrificed once and for all.
Everyone is not equal. There is firstly, an innate separation between a righteous God, and a fallen mankind. Only at the centre of the Cross, can we find peace, a return to the God of Israel by accepting God’s love in Christ Jesus. Love alone cannot bridge the gap between God and fallen man. Just as man made a freewill decision to rebel against God, there needs to be a freewill decision to return to God. We cannot attain equality by realising that we are equal but by loosing ourselves in the Love, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Only at the centre of the Cross of Calvary are we safe if we hide in Jesus Christ, passing through judgement and receiving all of God’s grace, love and mercy as a child of God, adopted and bought into the family of God through Jesus Christ.
Rev 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
In the beginning of time, there was great angelic rebellion against God by Satan, and was being cast out of heaven to earth. And having cast out from heaven, the morning star wanted to destroy mankind, the inhabitants of earth made in the image of God and he is tenacious because he knows the time is short. For Jesus Christ is coming back, to be King, to rule over Earth and cast Satan out from his last strong hold whom he has been given domain by Adam and Eve.
We have a fallen church, the mainline Christianity who believes in a God of Creativity of many names, and not the God of Israel, nor His Son Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. Neither do they believe we are fallen, nor the spiritual warfare involving demonic principalities. Love it seems covers and distorts everything including the truth, the way and the life to God.