Rev 13:6 KJV – And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Here, John explains to us three areas that the political powers of this world speak ill against our Lord… His person, His worship place, and His people.
Satan, knows what he is doing. When he uses the powers of this world to blaspheme God in these three areas, he does it for a purpose….
Satan’s main goal was to receive the glory and honor, and the position and abilities that are reserved for our Lord alone. We have seen in previous devotionals, even following his defeat on the cross, he continues to work towards becoming “like God”. When he leads the powers of this world to speak blasphemies, it is his attempt to “steal away” the praise that is due to our Lord. This is why he desires the world’s powers to speak against the Lord, His place of worship and His people.
- Why does Satan desire God’s person to be blasphemed?
When others speak against the person of the Lord, they directly are taking away from the praise He deserves by convincing others our Lord is not worthy of our praise. The evil speech takes from the Lord’s greatness and honor placing Him on a lower level than He deserves.
- Why does Satan desire God’s place of worship to be blasphemed?
When God is worshipped in a Scriptural way, His overwhelming greatness is clearly seen and His people unite themselves in the praise of that greatness. When Satan leads others to speak against His place of worship, they are taking away from the importance and attractiveness of His worship. This, in turn, aids in minimizing both the revelation of His greatness and the resulting worship and honor to a minimum.
- Why does Satan desire God’s people to be blasphemed?
God’s people are to be His reflection on earth. When lost mankind look at His people, they are to see Christ in them. When blasphemous speech causes others to think less of God’s people, it results in others thinking less of our Lord. The reflection of Him is dirtied and His true glory is hidden from view.
May we all be on guard against the workings of Satan in our lives. May we oppose his workings by frequently going to the Word of God to see His greatness; regularly attending His place of worship to praise and honor Him; and live lives unspotted by the world to reveal His greatness to others.
1Pe 4:7 KJV – “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
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