There are many aspects of these “Sting Operations” that our on display in The Bible. Let’s start with the FIRST aspect–the Sting Operation itself:
Genesis 3:1-6 (NIV): THE FALL
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Another “Sting Operation,” but to a lesser degree occurs in the book of Daniel. Perhaps this is more similar to stuff that went on during the Nixon administration and which is also happening with the Trump administration today. Regardless, rules/laws are being enacted these days to favor Sting Operations. This is what occurred thousands of years ago when they tried to bring down Daniel:
Daniel 6:1-7 (NIV): DANIEL IN THE DEN OF LIONS
1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
These parallel our lives today. It shows us that human nature doesn’t change. Desires, power, greed, etc. are still with us today.
In some sense we, who are family of those caught in the sting, are like Abraham (Abram):
Genesis 22:2 (NIV): ABRAHAM TESTED
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Think about it for a minute. Our family member, in some sense, is going to be sacrificed. If we go to trial and lose it will be a HUGE loss. If we carry on and WIN well that is a big relief and perhaps there is no sacrifice. Is this a TEST? Maybe, maybe not. But certainly there is a lesson (if not many) to be learned here.
I bring you to yet another passage that has significance here:
Luke 22:42-44 (NIV): JESUS PRAYS ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prior to his capture. This essentially could be our family member awaiting their fate. Most likely there will be suffering, and it could be long and drawn out. It is that powerful prayer that is important: “Not my will, but yours be done.” This is where we put our lives into God’s hands and accept whatever outcome.
I don’t like these Sting Operations. They prey on the weak, gullible and they use deception (like the devil) to do so.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV): DEVIL PROWLS LIKE A ROARING LION
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Thousands of people get captured every year in these DOJ funded Sting Operations. No, it is NOT FAIR! These are proactive measures that cast a wide net and capture the “innocent” as well as the guilty. The punishment handed down is extremely severe and not fully justified. There IS NO Grace in this Justice.
We continue to maintain our strength from Devotions (e.g. In Touch) and the Bible. If your family member can do the same they will be able to draw strength from this and overcome these difficult times NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME. We all want things to work in our favor but unfortunately that won’t always happen (~80% of these cases do not end well). Trust, faith, and obedience go along way. So does forgiveness and repentance (turn away). I pray that all those going through this will have peace and get pass all the anger, frustration, stress and difficulties brought through these Sting Operation.