Understanding the Adversary
Text: Gen. 3; Matth. 4;
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Matth. 4:1-3;
Afterward talk about this
Discuss how you can avoid temptation understanding the trick and trap of the adversity and his plans.
Things to do before the next time
List the various way satan is tempting you since you have been a christian and suggest the positive way overcoming such temptation and how can it be a lesson to other christian passing through the same situation.
Medidate on this verses 1John 2:1-6; “1 My little give children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.“
Write in not less than two pages the factor that motivated the temptation of Eve, David and Balaam and how is it in operation today.
From the beginning we see the role of the adversary of man in the fall of man, it was clear that Genesis did not give detail account of this personality but however God refered to him in parable in Ezekiel, using his quality to demostrate the character of Assyrian whose capital city was Nineveh. In Ezek. 28: 2-10; “2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. From this verses we has been able to see the picture of the adversary that he is not a black terrible looking figure with a large folk in his hand but rather a son whose heart is lift above his nature, to see himself as equal to his maker because he has gotten more wisdom for himself, to the extent he was consider to be wiser than daniel, because through his great wisdow and knowledge he acquire so much riches for himself to the extent that he can give the whole world, so because he have power, beauty and wealth his heart was lift up to the extent that he ascribe to sit in the sit of a God.
Origin and fall of the adversary
We discover that the adversary was not created to be bad but rather as a son of beauty, who know the truth walk in the truth couple with his other character, this quality means he is not ignorant but rather fall because he sort his maker glory and worship as we see in Isaiah 14:4-21 ; “4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!5 The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. 6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. 9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 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!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. 20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. 21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.“ We can understand from this parable that the adversary want worship and he will do anything to get it so christian are to be careful because their adversary is no foolish but wise and ruthless whose judgement is already passed and would do anything, play any trick to get his goal accomplish, watch out for proud when dealing with him because it lead to his fall, his trial can never be free from proud.
Lesson from the Fall of man
From this point we see the adversary does not come directly but first seek to get close just as he used the serpent to get close to Eve, even today he used what a person love most to get close him or her, that is the first tactics then he proceed to ask, what God said, the motive is not what he is interested on God statement but rather to know if you understand and is ready to defend what God says, this has been his tactics from the garden in Gen. 3; when he tempted the first man an it did not change it when he tempted Christ in Matth. 4; then once you are meek enough to let him know what God said or is saying, he look for a counter verse or quotation that is accurate in the scripture to confused his victim when his victim grant him audience the next step is to cast doubt in his mind about God ability or attribute, this will then make the victim think that God is hidding something from him or her that is probabily of great important this will nurse the fruit of rebellion in his victim because lust will be developed from the deception of making man see God as satan see God to be not as God is, because he see God as greedy person who does not want every body to be like him but on the contrary this who the adversary is, he has no friend no trust colleague every body born of a woman is his enemy, even his agent so killing them would not displease him but rather he is happy about it.
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Pray for believers and missionary to be as wise as serpent and harmless as a dove against the plan of the adversary.