Can The Devil Steal Anything From God’s Protected People?

The question is, what can the devil steal from God’s protected people? If the devil has stolen anything from you, why would you want it back?

Created: Saturday, December 30, 2023

Can The Devil Steal Anything From God’s Protected People?

STM Bible Study Summary

If you believe the devil has stolen anything from you, I ask, why would you want it back? Songs, religious teachers, and ministers are telling the children of God that they should “take back what the devil stole.” This concept comes primarily from the incorrect use and interpretation of John 10:10. Incidentally, this is the only scripture where the words “steal, kill, and destroy” are used in the same passage or verse. So, for those who think that the devil is the topic of this part of the discourse, let’s examine it.

Think about this:

Friendly advice: To read the Bible correctly, we must learn to locate and read the beginning and finish of each statement or message. There is less chance of confusion.
Disciple’s Study Bible
Satan cannot bring eternal harm to God’s children. Jesus protects us from him. We are not part of the world Satan controls.
1 John 5:18
We know that those who are God’s children [are born of or begotten by God] do not continue to sin [sin; 1 John 3:6, 9]. The Son of God [the one born of or begotten by God; Jesus] keeps them safe [protects them], and the Evil One [the Devil] cannot touch [harm] them. (EXB)
KJV: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

People say…

  • “Take back your house, your family, your job, and the years he stole…”
  • “I am taking it back.”
  • “Take back your joy.”

NOTE: Teaching people to get REVENGE or to retaliate (get even, get your own back, or strike back)

But God says…

Luke 6:30
Give to everyone who asks of you; and, when anyone takes away what is yours, do not demand its return. (OEBus)
KJV: Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
God teaches His children that He will get revenge for us; if someone takes something from us, DO NOT ask for it back.
Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge on someone who has wronged you, but leave it up to God’s wrath [to take care of it], for it is written [Deuteronomy 22:35], “The Lord says, I will pay people back [for doing wrong] because taking revenge belongs to me.” (AUV)
KJV: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Bible Study Key Points:

1. Jesus was talking about human thieves

This parable was to the Pharisees (Jews) of John 9:35-41 re: Jesus healing the blind man.
John 10:1
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the person who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. (NCV)
KJV: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2. Who came before Jesus?

More evidence that Jesus was not talking about the devil, but a continuation of the talk to the Jews relating to Him healing the blind man.
John 10:19-21
The Jews were divided because of what Jesus said. 20 Many of them said, “He’s possessed by a demon! He’s crazy! Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “No one talks like this if he’s possessed by a demon. Can a demon give sight to the blind?” (GW)
KJV: There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

3. The hired servant vs. the Good Shepherd

If the Good Shepherd, unlike the hired hand, is willing to sacrifice himself for His flock. Why would He allow Satan to steal from His people?
John 10:11-13
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13 He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him. (CEB)
KJV: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

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Jesus said... All those who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them. John 10:8 (ERV)

All who came before…

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: When Jesus said, All who ever came before Me were thieves and robbers, He referred to those leaders of the nation who cared not for the spiritual good of the people but only for themselves. Jesus the Shepherd provides security for His flock from enemies (whoever enters through Me will be saved, or “kept safe”). He also provides for their daily needs (the sheep come in and go out, and find pasture).
John 10:7-9 (8)
So Jesus said again, “I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will be able to come in and go out. They will find everything they need.
KJV: Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

1. Israel’s prophets (scribes), priests, and princes

Ezekiel 22:25
Their leaders ({false} prophets) are like roaring lions, tearing apart their victims. They put people to death, then steal everything of value. Husbands are killed, and many women are left as widows. (CEV)
KJV: There is a conspiracy of her prophetsH5030 in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
nabiy’ – prophets
Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon (for Ezekiel 22:25): H5030 נָבִיא nabiy’ (naw-ɓee’) n-m. false prophets: prophets as official class, beside priests, character as false prophets.
Ezekiel 22:27
Her leaders (princes) are like wolves tearing apart the animals they have killed. They kill and destroy lives to get things by doing wrong. (NLV)
KJV: Her princesH8269 in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
sar – princes
Mickelson and Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon (for Ezekiel 22:27): H8269 שַׂר sar (sar) n-m. vassal, noble, official, under king (acting, on occasion, as counselor, commander, etc.): as having powers of magistrate; a head person (of any rank or class).

2. The shepherds (pastors) of Israel

Jeremiah 23:1
“What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed (killed) and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord. (NLT)
KJV: Woe be unto the pastors [NKJV: shepherds] that destroy [kill] and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.
Ezekiel 34:2-3
‘Son of man, you must speak my message to the shepherds of Israel to warn them. Tell them, “This is what the Almighty Lord says: Terrible trouble will come to you shepherds of Israel who only think about yourselves. Shepherds should take care of the sheep and feed them. 3 You drink their milk and you use their wool to make clothes for yourselves. You kill the best animals to eat. But you do not take care of the sheep! (EASY)
KJV: Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

3. The Scribes and Pharisees

NOTE: It was common for Jesus to speak to His audience in parables to actually tell them about themselves. A good example is found in Matthew 21:23-46 {focus on Matthew 21:45 (KJV) “And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them”.} So, we also must consider the audience, the Pharisees [John 9:40]. What does the Word say about them? A few examples:

John called them “vipers” (“snakes” in many translations; figuratively “treacherous person“) [Matthew 3:7].
Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized, he said to them, “You vipers’ brood! Who warned you to run away from the coming judgment? (FBV)
KJV: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Jesus made some interesting statements about them:
Matthew 5:20
I tell you that you must do better than the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. If you are not better than they are, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (ICB)
KJV: For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

they be blind leaders of the blind.” [Matthew 15:14] ♦||♦ “hypocrites” [Matthew 16:3, 22:18, and Luke 12:1]

a) False teachers; leaven

Matthew 16:6 and 12
6 Jesus said to them, “Watch out and be on your guard against the leaven[a] of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [false] teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (AMP)
KJV: 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
[a] Here, leaven represents the man-made traditions and false teachings of the Pharisees which were preventing the nation of Israel from attaining right standing with God and from recognizing and accepting the Messiah.

b) Hypocrites; “Child of hell

Matthew 23:15
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are! (HCSB)
KJV: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!

The self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector parable

Luke 18:9
He told another parable—this one addressed to people who were confident in their self-righteousness and looked down on other people with disgust. (VOICE)
KJV: And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Fond of distinguished titles

Matthew 23:5-7 [read 1-36 (); Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47]
Matthew 23:5-7 Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one ay and flowery prayers the next. 6 They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, 7 preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.‘ (MSG)
KJV: But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

4. Israel’s irresponsible leaders

Isaiah 56:10-11
For the leaders of my people—the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—are all blind to every danger. They are featherbrained and give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie there, love to sleep, to dream. 11 And they are as greedy as dogs, never satisfied; they are stupid shepherds who only look after their own interest, each trying to get as much as he can for himself from every possible source. (TLB)
KJV: His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Who were the “Pharisees” (a separatist, i.e. exclusively religious)? Articles to consider: 1. Jewish Virtual Library, 2. Who Were the Pharisees, 3. Encyclopaedia Britannica – Pharisee

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"The John 10:10 thief is not the Devil"

The John 10:10 thief is not the devil

A thief – non-specific
John 10:10
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they may have life and have it in the fullest possible way. (RAD)
KJV: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
NOTE: 4 of 7 major pre-KJV English translations have “A thief” instead of “The thief”, they are: 1. Wycliffe (1395), 2. Coverdale (1535), 3. Great Bible (1540), and 4. Bishops (1568).
Also, these post-KJV English translations use “A thief” instead of “The thief”: CEV, CSB, ERV, EHV, EXB, Goodspeed, GW, HCSB, ICB, NOG, NABRE, NCB, NCV, NIRV, and RAD.

Bible facts about the devil

  1. You might find it surprising that the word ‘devil’ is not used in the KJV OT.
  2. The word ‘devil’ is used 61 times in the KJV NT. But not once did I find a reference to the devil as a thief. [Go to that research]
  3. There are four Greek words for devil in the KJV Bible: daimonizomai, daimonion, daimon, and diabolos.

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 definition

One who unlawfully removes another’s possessions or personal belongings in secret.

Do not give the devil a way to defeat you. Ephesians 4:27 (ICB)

Practical Word Studies in The New Testament

1) A person steals by hoarding and banking more than he needs. Keeping back is stealing. It is…
a. Keeping what is not needed for one’s own needs.
b. Keeping back what is desperately needed by others.
c. Taking away what nature and the earth have provided to meet the needs of the human population.
d. Hoarding the knowledge and gifts and blessings God gave to be used for the welfare of a desperate world filled with so many who are less privileged and gifted.

We may call it by whatever name we wish, but to God it is stealing. God has put within the earth enough resources to meet the needs of His people, and He has given men both the ability and command to subdue and have dominion over the earth.

2) A person steals by living extravagantly, beyond what he needs. There are some who give to meet the crying needs of the world, yet they do not live sacrificially. They keep plenty for themselves, indulging their flesh in…
and property.


Kleptes – thief
G2812 κλέπτης kleptes (klep’-tees) n. an embezzler, pilferer the name is transferred to false teachers, who do not care to instruct men, but abuse their confidence for their own gain. (from Thayer and Smith Greek Lexicon. “The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon”. . 1999). Kleptes is never used to refer to the devil.


Gannab – thief
H1590 גַּנָּב gannab (gaw-naɓ’) n-m. thief as one who steals. (Gannab is found 17 times {13=thief and 4=thieves} as a general term in the OT). Gannab is never used to refer to the devil.

"Word: Kleptes klep'-tace is the Greek word for thief. The Strong's number is G2812. The following lists how and where kleptes is used: A human thief in Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:33 and 39; John 10:1, 10, and 12:6; and 1 Peter 4:15. Human thieves in Matthew 6:19-20; John 10:8; and 1 Corinthians 6:10. Jesus coming as a thief in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and 4; 2 Peter 3:10; and Revelation 3:3 and 16:15."

How does the Bible refer to the devil?

You might find it surprising that the word ‘devil’ is not used in the OT.

1. Devils possess people

The first of four Greek words for the devil is daimonizomai. That word is only in the Gospels.

These scriptures [7 total] generally speak of devil-possessed people: Matthew 9:32, 12:22, and 15:22; Mark 5:15-16, 18; and John 10:21 (does not include verses that use ‘devils’ but only ‘devil’).

Jesus cast out many demons

Evidence of the superior power of Jesus to protect His children from the devil and his demons.
Mark 1:32 and 34
32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. (CSB)
KJV: 32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devilsG1139. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
G1139 δαιμονίζομαι daimonizomai (d̮ai-mo-niy’-zo-mai) v. to be under the power of a demon.

2. Evil spirits

The next Greek word daimonion means ‘a spirit or being that is inferior to God but superior to humans.’ But it does not refer to the devil as a thief!

Believers given power over the devil and his demons

Mark 16:17
Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. By using my name they will force out demons, and they will speak new languages. (CEV)
KJV: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
G1140 δαιμόνιον daimonion (d̮ai-mo’-niy-on) n. evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil.
Found in 18 verses: Matthew 9:33, 11:18, 17:18; Mark 7:26, 29, and 30; Luke 4:33 and 35, 7:33, 9:42, and 11:14 (twice); John 7:20, 8:48-49, 52, and 10:20-21.

3. “Legion”

Our third word is daimon. It means evil spirits, in this case, Mark 5:9 “My name is Legion; for we are many.” (NKJV).

The story of two demon-possessed men

Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s account of two men who were possessed by devils that Jesus cast out into pigs.
Matthew 8:31
The bad spirits begged Jesus, `If you drive us out of these men, let us go into the pigs.’ (WE)
KJV: So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
G1142 δαίμων daimon (d̮ai’-mōn) n. a demon or supernatural spirit (of a bad nature). Matthew 8:31; Mark 5:12; Luke 8:29; Revelation 16:14 and 18:2.

4. Sin and the children of God

A person who lives in sin belongs to the devil. The final word for the devil is diabolos.

The devil; Satan

1 John 3:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (NIV)
KJV: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
G1228 διάβολος diabolos (d̮iy-a’-ɓo-los) adj. a calumniator (slanders, or makes personal attacks upon, others), false accuser, slanderer.
Found in 35 verses: Matthew 4:1, 5, 8, and 11, 13:39, 25:41; Luke 4:2-3, 5-6, and 13, 8:12; John 6:70, 8:44, and 13:2; Acts 10:38 and 13:10; Ephesians 4:27 and 6:11; 1 Timothy 3:6 and 3:7; 2 Timothy 2:26; Hebrews 2:14; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8 (x3) and 10; Jude 9; Revelation 2:10, 12:9 and 12, 20:2 and 10.

So after reviewing 61 KJV NT scriptures that contain the word ‘devil’, none refer to the devil as a thief. But I did find 1 verse that says he “taketh away.

Back to what Jesus was saying, John 10:1

Jesus said, “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold (i.e., through Christ).”
Is a reference to shepherds or pastors (spiritual leaders). A thief or a robber is not someone sent by Christ (the door and good shepherd).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
At night the sheep are driven into a sheepfold if they are in a district where there is danger from robbers or wild beasts. These folds are simple walled enclosures (Numbers 32:16; Judges 5:16; 2 Chron. 32:28; Psalm 78:70; Zeph. 2:6; John 10:1). On the top of the wall is heaped thorny brushwood as a further safeguard. Sometimes there is a covered hut in the corner for the shepherd.
that climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Look closely at what Jesus said in verse 8.

John 10:8
KJV: All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
1. All = everyone meaning more than one. So He was talking about many and not one.
2. Thieves and robbers are referred to as plural, specifying more than one.
3. Them is used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified.

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"the devil comes and steals the word - from Luke 8:12 (CEB)"

Wrap-up: Can the devil steal? Yes, the Word

The bottom line is what can the devil steal if anything? It turns out that it is the Word of God!

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 definition

To unlawfully take and remove someone else’s personal belongings. The taking must be done without the other person’s consent and with the aim to keep their property.


Klepto – steal
G2813 κλέπτω klepto (klep’-tō) v. A. to steal; absolutely, to commit a theft: Matthew 6:19-20 and 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; John 10:10; Romans 2:21 and 13:9; and Ephesians 4:28. B. To steal i. e. take away by stealth: τινα, the dead body of one (Jesus), Matthew 27:64 and 28:13. Klepto is found 11 times in the NT but is never used to refer to the devil.


Ganab – steal
H1589 גָּנַב ganab (gaw-naɓ’) v. to steal, steal away, carry away. Genesis 31:27 and 44:8; Exodus 20:15 and 22:1; Leviticus 19:11; Deuteronomy 5:19; 2 Samuel 19:3; Proverbs 6:30 and 30:9; Jeremiah 7:9 and 23:30. Ganab is found 11 times in the OT but is never used to refer to the devil.

What does the devil take away?

Think about this: If a father loves his children and has more power than any other being in existence. Would he allow an inferior being to steal from his children? Isn’t God a better father than any human father could ever be?
1 John 4:4
My dear children, you belong to God. So you have defeated them [false prophets (vs. 1) who posses that spirit of antichrist (vs. 3)] because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world. (ICB)
KJV: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1. “them” The Pulpit Commentary – by refusing to listen to the false teachers (John 10:8) the sheep have conquered them: the seducers have “gone out”, (1 John 2:19) unable to hold their own within the fold.
2. “he that is in the world” The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges – ‘The ruler of this world’ (John 12:31; 1 John 5:19), the devil, the father of these lying teachers (1 John 3:10; John 8:44), whose works Christ came to destroy (1 John 3:8).

The devil can steal (take away or snatch) the Word of God

The only thing the devil can steal (take away) is the Word of God. But it is before becoming one of God’s people. The devil takes the Word to prevent people from believing the Word; we cannot receive salvation if we do not believe.
Luke 8:11-12
“Here is what the story means. The seed is God’s message. 12 The seed on the path stands for God’s message in the hearts of those who hear [Matthew 13:19: “but do not understand it”]. But then the devil comes. He takes away [steals] the message from their hearts. He does it so they won’t believe. Then they can’t be saved. (NIRV)
KJV: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
To snatch or take away
Airo – to take away (Mark 4:15 and Luke 8:12)
G142 αἴρω airo (ai’-rō) v. (by implication {suggesting something without explicitly [plainly] stating it}) to take away.
Harpazo – to snatch away (Matthew 13:19)
G726 ἁρπάζω harpazo (har-pa’-zō) v. to snatch away.

Satan blinds the unbeliever

2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)
KJV: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Obey God and oppose Satan

James 4:7-8
So give yourselves completely [submit] to God. Stand against [Resist] the devil [1 Peter 5:9], and the devil will run [flee] from you. 8 Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives [cleanse/purify your hands; a metaphor for cleaning up your behavior]. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time [You double-minded ones], make your thinking pure [purify your hearts; a metaphor for cleaning up your interior life]. (EXB)
KJV: SubmitG5293 yourselves therefore to God. ResistG436 the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
hupotasso – submit
G5293 ὑποτάσσω hupotasso (hï-po-tas’-sō) v. imperative [extremely important] obey, be subject.
anthistemi – resist
G436 ἀνθίστημι anthistemi (an-thiy’-stee-miy) v. to set oneself against, to withstand resist, oppose.

Final ask

Again, I ask, “What can the devil steal from God’s protected people?” Hopefully, you correctly answered, “Nothing”; the devil cannot steal anything from a child of God. Stop listening to the false messages (sermons, teachings, and/or songs); they are not based on biblical truth. If anything, the people preaching, teaching, and singing messages that claim the devil stole anything are deceiving you, like those whom Jesus spoke of.

Remember, the ONLY thing the Bible says the devil can steal (take) is the word of God, and that is not from a child of God; it only happens under certain conditions before your spiritual birth [see Luke 8:12; also, Matthew 13:19 KJV says “the wicked one” instead of ‘the devil’ and Mark 4:15 KJV uses the title “Satan”].

Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible study. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺


Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verse(s).


  • Think about this: 1 John 5:18-21 (18), 3:4-9 (6 ad 9); Luke 6:27-36 (30); Romans 12:15-19 (compare Deuteronomy 32:34-35).

Bible Study Key Points:

  • Jesus was talking about human thieves: John 10:1-6 (1).
  • Who came before Jesus?: John 10:7-21 (19-21).
  • The hired servant vs. the Good Shepherd: John 10:7-21 (11-13).

All who came before…

  • John 10:7-21 (7-9).
  • Israel’s prophets (scribes), priests, and princes: Ezekiel 22:23-31 (25 and 27).
  • The shepherds (pastors) of Israel: Jeremiah 23:1-8 (1); Ezekiel 34:1-10 (2-3).
  • The Scribes and Pharisees: Matthew 21:23-46 (45), 3:1-12 (7), 5:17-20 (20), 15:1-20 (40), 16:1-12 (6 and 12), 22:15-22 (18); 23:1-36 (5-7 and 15).
  • A self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector: Luke 18:9-41 (9).
  • Israel’s irresponsible leaders: Isaiah 56:9-12 (10-11).

The John 10:10 thief is not the devil

  • John 10:7-21 (10) and Ephesians 4:25-32 (27).
  • How does the Bible refer to the devil? Mark 1:29-34 (32 and 34).
  • Evil spirits: Mark 16:14-18 (17).
  • Legion: Matthew 8:28-34 (31); compare Mark 5:1-20 (12); Luke 8:26-39 (29).
  • Sin and the children of God: 1 John 3:4-9 (8).
  • Look closely at what Jesus said in verse 8: John 10:7-21 (8).

Wrap-up: Can the devil steal? Yes, the Word

  • What does the devil take away?: 1 John 4:1-6 (4),2:19, 3:8 and 10, 5:19; John 8:44.
  • The devil can steal (take away or snatch) the Word of God: Luke 8:11-15 (11-12) compare Matthew 13:18-23 (19); Mark 4:13-20 (15).
  • It’s the same parable told by Matthew, Mark, and Luke: Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15; and Luke 8:12.
  • Satan blinds the unbeliever: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (4).
  • Obey God and oppose Satan: James 4:1-10 (7-10).

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