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1 Peter 5:8a….  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  In our text for today, we find that the devil is said to be our “adversary”.  The word “adversary” is a very interesting word that speaks volumes about Satan’s activity in our lives.

“Adversary” is translated from a fusion of two Greek words:

1. the first word means “to be opposed to” or “instead of”.

2. the second word is the common NT root word for “judgment” that carries with it the idea of “justice”, “judicial punishment” or “a sentence declared by a judge”.

When the Lord calls Satan our adversary… He is describing Satan’s work as that of an opposing lawyer in a court of law.  Satan is attempting to persuade the judge to come to the wrong judgment and for an injustice to be committed.  He is “opposed to justice” being done.

The Bible gives us examples of Satan’s work as adversary…

1.  In Revelation 12:9-11, Satan is described as “the accuser of our brethren” and he is said to have “accused them before our God day and night”.

2.  In Job 1: and 2: we find Satan, while on earth, speaking to the Lord questioning Job’s dedication and love for the Lord.  Satan then puts events in Job’s life in an attempt to discourage Job and wanting Job to forsake his Lord.

3.  In Psa 109:6 we find wicked men abusing God’s people and Satan is said to be standing at the right hand of the saint encouraging him to no longer serve God.

4.  But in Zech 3:1-2 we find the clearest description of Satan’s adversarial work against God’s people … “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

In this account, we find Satan resisting Joshua the priest’s service to Jehovah.  Satan’s hope is to cause Joshua to no longer be faithful to the Lord. Satan’s motive is to cause God to question Joshua’s salvation and to judge him as if he was a lost individual.

The Lord responds to Satan by rebuking Satan because Joshua is saved. (Joshua’s salvation is pictured as pulling a branding iron out of the flames.)  The Lord will not forget that the work of Christ that has been applied to Joshua.  Christ’s work has wrought forgiveness for Joshua’s past, present and future sins.  The Lord will not turn on His people nor bring condemnation upon those for whom Christ has died. (Rom 6:29-37 please see for much more information)

Folks, Satan stands before God accusing each us based upon our failures and disobedience.  He is pleading for the Lord to judge us (as if we were unsaved) for the sins we have committed.   This is one of the great reasons why Satan opposes us and is constantly striving to lead us into sin.  He wants A LOT of ammunition to use against each one of us as he attempts to undo the work of Christ by bringing God’s judgment upon His people.

This is one of the great reasons why we are to be sober and vigilant as we seek to serve our Lord… Satan and the powers of darkness will be right there seeking to discourage, tempt and mislead us into sin.  He has deceived himself into thinking that by having us fail in our service he will have legal grounds to undo the work of Christ on the cross and to have God’s hand of judgment placed upon each one of us.  But we know this cannot be.  We cannot lose our salvation nor can the work of Christ be undone.

Let’s be thankful to our Lord for the eternal security we have in Him and to be ever vigilant of Satan’s tactics as he stands as our adversary.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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11 Comments

  1. cindyhfrench says:

    Rob, just a note to let you know how important your Sunday night scripture was/is. I do look forward to it. I was sitting in a walk in clinic waiting for a CBC to come in and God told me that I have to stop taking the REmecaid I take for my RA. I immed began to argue with Him -giving Him all reasons I couldn’t possibly stop this drug. It is the only reason I can function. the last time I was off of it for 4 months, I told him to take me home or heal me or I was going to take thing in my own hands-that I simply could not live like this. Then He asked me if I trusted Him-well of course I do-He reminded me that I am not trusting Him now. And that just a few weeks ago, Calvin (has the gift of healing) and I prayed for healing of the RA and did I still want to be healed.? Oh yes! I certainly will need healing especially if I a not on the drug. BUT I STILL NEED CONFIRMATION, LORD, I said. and not 2 minutes later, my phone binged me with your scripture! Can you imagine how big that was for me? of all the scriptures you could have used-that was the one you chose that night?
    and our sweet Lord, knowing his human creation has sent me 2nd and even this morning a 3rd confirmation. So I thought I would just praise Him a little with you, because indeed our Lord is mighty and wonderful and awesome. He knows just what we need,When we need it. Everyday, He does something that just makes me fall deeper and deeper in love with him. I told somebody yesterday-that thing needed to slow down just a little so that I could catch my breath and be able to “think on these things” as Mary had done and then close then up into my heart. But things keep happening one on top of the other. And my heart is so blessed to be able to be a part in it.
    2Cor.1:4 .

    much love and blessing sent your way in Christ Jesus, our King
    Cindy

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Cindy,

      Sorry it has taken so long ot get back with you but I am not on the computer much now adays. I’ve been using the WordPress feature to delay my postings so I have gotten ahead by a few weeks and I am letting it auto-=post my stuff while I am away. I think this will hecome a way of life with me now. Getting busier and bbusier so I get my postings in when I can and let them autopost once a day.

      Thank you so much for letting me know how the Lord has blessed you. I am really sorry to hear that you are continuing to suffer form your afflictions and I am trusting that He is working to heal you even now. It sounds to me as if the Lord is really blessing your work right now. So glad to hear it. Also I enjoyed your Philippians postings, they were much needed at this end. I do keep you in my prayers, I am trusting that He will continue to use Him for His glory… Lord bless.

  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    Let us always remember to boldly remind the enemy, Isaiah 14:12, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

  3. jelillie says:

    Thanks for this reminder Rob! I am so glad Jesus came to undo the works of the Devil!

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you for showing us how this all looks, put into action in our lives . . .and how we can’t loose our salvation over what satan does. Great encouragement, Pastor Rob!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I have to agree this section of Scripture holds much encouragement for us all… What a wonderful Lord we trust and what a marvellous Word He has given to us. Thansk again for your comments Debbie.

  5. Bambi Lynn says:

    I think it’s interesting, in an odd way, that God and Satan have conversations.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Bambi,
      I have to agree…. depneding on how you look at it… it certainly is odd indeed! By the way, I have been enjoying your SS blog postings. May the Lord continue to bles syour efforts there.

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