Who is Satan? – Bible Study Day 33

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Esther 10 – Job 12

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“6 And it happened one day that the sons of God came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan also came into their midst. 7 So Yahweh said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Then Satan answered Yahweh and said, “From roaming on the earth and from walking about in it.”

Job 1

Introduction

One of the most notable figures in Judaism and especially Christianity, is the fallen angel Satan. He is referred to as the adversary, the enemy, and the morning star. The history of Satan is mostly unknown, but we do have some background in the book of Isaiah, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” He has appeared in several critical moments in Biblical history. From the fall of man to the story of David and Job, and finally, he is there when Jesus was tempted.

Who is Satan?

Satan isn’t all-powerful or omnipotent, and he isn’t all knowing or omnipresent. We read in Job and later verified by Our Lord that Satan walks the earth like a man. Satan is not everywhere all the time he can only be at one place at a single moment. He does, however, have help. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Satan’s aids assist in attempting to lead God’s creation away from Him. I’ll admit they’re very successful. What we come to learn about Satan and his demons is they know us better than we know ourselves. We overestimate our abilities while Satan’s angels have a proper estimate. There’s a constant spiritual battle between Satan’s angels and God’s angels and not that God can’t win and defeat Satan’s army, the battle is not between them over spiritual real estate, the struggle is for our hearts. Victory and defeat are decided by us, lest we believe Satan can defeat God, God can’t be beaten but man can.

Conclusion

Satan plays a game where God dictates the rules. He cannot do anything God doesn’t allow and what God allows is according to His will. Satan is fighting a losing war, but his goal is to give God a pyrrhic victory. If you can’t hurt the Enemy, then hurt what He loves, His people. This is one of God’s most defining characteristics when it comes to His relationship with man. Not only did He send His son to be an atonement for our sins so that we may have a fellowship with Him. Even in that sacrifice, He understood people would still reject Him, and in that rejection, He always made Himself vulnerable. This is a battle for our soul where we decide the victor, and in that decision, we decide who it is we follow.

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