Know Our Enemy
Last week, we started this journey to get to know our enemy by looking at how easily he sets up snares to trap us. We also had a small insight into how these snares can lead us to complain and saw that complaining didn’t do anything to remedy the situation.
This week, we will learn more about our enemy.
Where Did Satan Come From?
Ezekiel 28:12-18 — 11 Then this further message came to me from the Lord: 12 “Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone— red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald—all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 14 I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. 15 “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. 16 Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings. 18 You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.
Main Points from Ezekiel 28:12-18
. he was the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty – no wonder he can pawn himself off as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
. He was in Eden.
. He had beautiful clothing adorned with every precious stone.
. They were given to you on the day you were created. Satan is a created being. He was created, like we are, with the ability to make a choice – to obey God and live for Him OR to rebel and live against God.
. When first created the purpose God had for him, was to be the might angelic guardian, with access to the holy mountain of God – Remember in Job 1, we see a conversation between God and Satan.
. There was a time when he was blameless UNTIL evil was found in him. The same evil that he offered to the Woman in Genesis 3 when he questioned what God had said to her and told her that God was keeping the ability to by like Him from her (Genesis 3:3-5).
. He sinned. And the price for sinning is great — I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Jesus talks about watching Satan and his followers being thrown to earth. (Luke 10:17-20).
. Pride was the main ingredient of his sin. (Isaiah 14:12-14). He felt that he deserved to be worshipped just like God was. He let this need cloud his vision and thus making him the father of lies (John 8:44) who loves to twist scripture for his benefit and likes to come up with theories that have just enough good in them to be accepted by us as true.
- His heart was full of PRIDE.
- His wisdom was corrupted.
- His dealings were dishonest.
. He has a day coming when his influence will be ended – So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching [Keep in mind that Ezekiel is describing Satan using the King of Tyre as a type.] ( To read the New Testament end for Satan check out Revelation 20:10).
Satan's main downfall was his pride. Click To Tweet
We have an enemy and he is real. (Next week we will take a look at some of his tactics.)
Although our enemy is real, he has been defeated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (more about this coming soon).Satan, our enemy, is real. However he has been defeated. Click To Tweet
Let’s put on the armor of God so we can stand in Christ against the Devil (Ephesians 6:10-18).
We are more than conquerors because He, Jesus, who is in us is greater that he who is in us.
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