Im sorry for me you are making a lot of assumptions that try and make the rediciulous creditable. There is no motivation for Jesus to speak or conceal this important message by using substitutes, if he meant Satan in this particular case, he should have simply said so. I ill credit jesus with intelligence, and there was no need to add more indirection and confusion.
LOL mP....I consider most of the bible confusing now a days....Jesus shares a lot of important messages in parables and confusing ways...I will credit Jesus for possibly doing it again here. By using teminology that maybe they understood...but you and I don't. I am trying to look at all different options and understand that I am probably coming accross as being confusing. It's hard not to when you start to analyse what the bible means and says.
I agree there is no need to add more indirection...cause there certainly is enough...but that idea came from another religious belief. Which I kinda thought could have been a valid option for that text. **sorry cant link where I read that now...I read so much on here, I can't find it** And, as I quoted on the previous page...many of these ideas are different religous assumptions...I am simply trying to sift through them.
Anyway...I may give up on this topic since not many want to discuss it...I was just putting my thoughts out there. They weren't set in stone or anything.