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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

No sympathy for the Devil-Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace”

Posted by Gary on June 20, 2011

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

1 Peter 5:8 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

While I do not advocate making Satan a regular focus in the music of the Christian faith, there are proper, notable references to the Adversary in Christian music. Certainly Martin Luther’s reference to the Devil in “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” comes to mind. Keith Green’s “No One Believes In Me Anymore” deserves a frequent listen, how accurately that song explains the Devil’s deceptive work.

Another song that I make time for that references the Devil is “Man of Peace” by Bob Dylan from his “Infidels” album. Man of Peace is not a hymn, the instrumentation of the song if heard on its own would never lead one to think it a song about Satan.

How foolish we are to think of the Devil in a red cape, with horns and pitchfork, that is far too obvious. The Devil is nearer to us than we know for he is subtle and crafty and he loves to be so. The devil is in a thousand things that you and I welcome into our lives telling ourselves that they are harmless and good.

Take a moment to read and ponder the lyrics of Man of Peace, then give it a listen. You can purchase it at ITunes here.

Man of Peace

Look out your window, baby, there’s a scene you’d like to catch
The band is playing “Dixie,” a man got his hand outstretched
Could be the Führer
Could be the local priest
You know sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue
He knows every song of love that ever has been sung
Good intentions can be evil
Both hands can be full of grease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, first he’s in the background, then he’s in the front
Both eyes are looking like they’re on a rabbit hunt
Nobody can see through him
No, not even the Chief of Police
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, he catch you when you’re hoping for a glimpse of the sun
Catch you when your troubles feel like they weigh a ton
He could be standing next to you
The person that you’d notice least
I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, he can be fascinating, he can be dull
He can ride down Niagara Falls in the barrels of your skull
I can smell something cooking
I can tell there’s going to be a feast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

He’s a great humanitarian, he’s a great philanthropist
He knows just where to touch you, honey, and how you like to be kissed
He’ll put both his arms around you
You can feel the tender touch of the beast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, the howling wolf will howl tonight, the king snake will crawl
Trees that’ve stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall
Wanna get married? Do it now
Tomorrow all activity will cease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Somewhere Mama’s weeping for her blue-eyed boy
She’s holding them little white shoes and that little broken toy
And he’s following a star
The same one them three men followed from the East
I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Bob Dylan


3 Responses to “No sympathy for the Devil-Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace””
  1. J.G. says:

    Hello! I think this is a song of a man,who has seen the hypocrisy in In church.And i think because of the disappointment with the church,he turned to judaism.

  2. Pas says:

    Dylan making honest remarks. He knows what he talking about. He is making missing words he saying it as it is.

  3. reidh says:

    The only way to Resist the Devil is to humble yourself before God. Because God Resists the Proud ( man or devil ) and gives grace to the Humble ( only a man can,would, by the grace of god could humble himself. )
    If you flee to God as your Rock, and High Tower, you are resisting the Devil. He will not, and cannot go there.

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