Tuesday, March 5, 2013
THE CURSE OF SATAN
The Curse upon Satan and all those that are of him, follow him and obey him
**Note - a reminder that most of my blog posts are beginning works that I must get down in some sort of communicating it before I lose the moment. They are not generally complete in content, edited or finished product. At the bottom of the blog posts, I try to put when I began, when it was updated and when it was completed.
This particular work God has just begun to show me some truths in Scripture and to learn better about the spiritual warfare that we are called to wage. I believe there to be much in this for our prayer times of how to bind and set free many captives.
Matthew 18:18, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Let us walk through this study and incorporate it to our personal prayer lives. there are two times in recorded history of God cursing Satan. Let us examine both experiences and there impact for us. Then we will look at other fulfilled curses in Scripture and there valued weight for us as we trust in the Lord. Let us see these truths before us:
1. The curse of God upon Satan in the Garden of Eden:
Genesis 3:14, "And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: v. 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Here in Genesis 3, we are faced with all our folly at its origin, the sin of Adam and Eve. I have read this passage numerous times; taught it, preached it; dwelt upon it. But I never gave much thought to the curse that was pronounced upon the serpent and its relationship to Satan. There are season in my spiritual pilgrimage that God reveals to me truths that others grasped along time ago, and I am simply playing 'catch-up'.
In reading, Isaac Ambrose, 'Looking Unto Jesus' he covers this curse and its fuller meaning that helps me process the Scriptures and my ability to know my enemy better and counter his works in prayer.
The curse was pronounced upon the serpent because of him tempting and causing Eve to sin. Then Eve caused Adam to sin and God's created perfection was ruined. Satan is always about one thing, 'to destroy what God created and takes pleasure in. This is one of the first rules of thought for us in prayer. Why is sin present in me and others? 'Our adversary, as a roaring lion, walking about seeking whom he may devour (destroy).' As Satan's purposes are to destroy the work of God; we as God's servants are to pray for God's works to be protected, preserved and powerful for His glory.
'Becasue thou hast done this' - what did he do? what is the offence? Generally, I don't believe that many Christians know the answer to why they don't have power; or why their prayers go left unanswered. "If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me." It may not always be sin in the believer, but let us looks with introspection upon our actions, reactions, attitudes and intents to answer the question, 'what have I done'. 'Because you have done this' means is that the Lord God Almighty, makes of heaven and earth and all that is therein, has seen and heard you.
Look at the story of Cain and Abel. Cain kills his brother, Abel. God comes to Cain and asks a question, 'where is your brother?' He gives Cain time to answer and own up to his evil deed. Cain avoids the question, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' He answers God's question with a question. But the Lord God knows all things, sees all things (omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent) and there is no mysteries or secrets to Him. So He reveals the truth of the matter to Cain, 'thy brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground'.
Look at the sin of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve sin and their eyes are opened. They knew they was naked and they were ashamed. So they made coverings for themselves. Whatever happened to this humility and 'ashamedness'? Now today, people have no shame or remorse over sin. But the Lord God comes to them and says, 'Adam, where art thou?' Isn't it amazing that God always ask questions. He already knows the answers but look at how many times God ask a question that He already knows the answer to throughout the Scripture.
A few examples:
Adam and Eve - 'where art thou?'
Cain - 'where is your brother?'
Jacob - when the Angel wrestled with him - 'What is your name?'
Isaiah and Jeremiah - 'what do you see?'
Ezekiel - 'can these dead bones live?'
Jesus to the sick - 'what wilt thou?' 'how many loaves do you have?' 'believest thou this?'
Many questions by Jesus in the Gospels prove this point.
God presses the question to make His point and bring our unawareness to awareness to what He is doing and wanting to do and willing to do. Do we understand this? Do we hear the questions He is asking?
Now the statement is, 'Because you have done this'. There is no question, it is an absolute that God is holding them accountable. Many I think believe that they will be able to lie, to talk their way out of, and make excusesbefore God at the judgment seat. But do not be fooled nor misled, God will open the books that will reveal, 'because you have done this'. And then you will be left to answer and give an account of the things done in the flesh and the heart.
What did the serpent do? It says that the serpent 'was more subtil than any beast of the field whcih the Lrod God had made. He spoke to Eve and tempted her with a question, 'Hath God said'. Satan still uses this ploy to tempt us to doubt and reject God, 'Hath God said.' And because we don't 'study to show ourselves approved', we fall prey to it many a time. Oh, how much would we be delivered from if we only knew the Word of God and the God of the Word.
And I say this, because Eve did know what God had said, but she did not maintain what God had said.
Thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field - the Lord pronounces this huge curse upon the serpent;
The serpent, although, what we qualify as a reptile, took on the form of Satan and became an instrument for Satan. Any of God's creation, void of God, can become an instrument for the devil, for his evil purposes of destruction. We as Christians, should know that if we are not walking in the Spirit, looking unto Jesus and guarding ourselves, we can become servants of Satan just as easily as lost men. Too many believers it is that time of sin that is their greatest sorrow and grief.
But the serpent was not a man, he did not have a soul (that we know of). I say this, because of the reference that 'the serpent was more subtil' than the other creations of animals.
2. The second curse of God upon Satan is a little more hidden. It is when God cursed Satan and cast him from heaven with his angelic forces.
Luke 10:18, "And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lighting fall from heaven."
The disciples are rejoicing in what they have seen and experienced of power over demons. Christ reminds them that this is not the first defeat of Satan or his followers. There was a battle in heaven as Satan tried to rule and reign. God, Micahel and His angels cast them from thence. Compelling them from His grace and mercy forever. Satan lives in a perpetual state of 'absence of God's glory'. WE know he appears in God's Presence, but He knows nothing of the hope, comfort and life found in Christ and the Father.
Upon thinking about the curses found throughout Scripture:
Joshua 6:26, "Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in this youngest son shall he set up the gate of it."
we read of Joshua pronouncing upon Jericho a curse; The city had been destroyed and was left desolate as an example of God's power and the reflection of what would be for any that withstood them. "if God be for you, who can be against you". And the fulfillment of this curse is shown in:
I Kings 16:34, "In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereofin Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun."
Thus, the power of men's words, God is able to make to come to pass or fall to the ground.
we Jesus coming to the fruit tree and cursing it for not fulfilling its purpose; And it withered up from the roots and was left dead.
Ezra 6:6, "And the God that hath caused His Name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed."
the temple has been destroyed and the children of Judah and Jerusalem either killed or carried away captive. Now they are returning to the land. And as they begin to rebuild the temple they have assualts from Satan's servants to hinder and stop the work. The whole two books of Ezra and Nehemiah are based on that conflict of rebuilding the ways of Judah and Jerusalem.
And as one effort had been hindered they sought in the days of Darius to fulfill the words of Cyrus to rebuild after the 70 years of captivity. Darius makes search and find the records and utters this curse upon those that would defy and destroy the house of God.
Now look at the reality of those that destroyed the temple of the Lord. What happened to the Babylonians? they were destroyed; what happened to the Romans? they were destroyed; what happened to the pharisees and jews who destroyed 'true' worship in the temple? they were destroyed and removed from a house to operate in. Thus the curse was fulfilled.
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