Come forth wrote:We know that Jesus is the 'Lamb of God', and that the lambs were sacrificed for thousands of years to teach us about the final sacrifice of sacrifices; and yet Jesus was not an actual lamb. The lamb was simply symbolic. Jesus taught most of His lessons through the use of symbolism; parables about seeds, farm managers, wedding feasts, loan sharks and an unending list of examples.
My questions did not pose answers because I feel that any one answer MAY be incomplete and misleading. Is it possible that the personification of Satan, as a person who will face his final battle and judgment, is also a method of God teaching us about our inner battle? Does one need to negate the other? And, if God knows all things and knows the timing of all things, why did He create Satan in the first place?
Do we believe that He created us for relationship with Him? Is it possible that He created the angels, knowing that many would fall, because He knew that man, all of whom would fall, needed lessons on how to fight the fight and read the signposts pointing to home?
Interestingly the first reference to this foe of foes is that of a serpent. In the Strong's lexicon (H5175) that word means a whisperer, and in the Brown Driver Briggs lexicon it also means an 'image' of a serpent. Dig a little further and the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible teaches us that the word also relates to learning, experience and observation.
Is it not true that what we learn, through what we experience and observe, forms our inner man? And is not this inner man, when he forms inner false thoughts and conclusions, one of our greatest roadblocks to a life of faith? Do we not whisper arguments to ourselves all the time? Modern psychology has made millions of dollars out of teaching people about 'self-talk' and controlling the voice within your own head. Sports motivators and teachers use that same 'talking to self' as a method of improving golf swing or hitting a home run. Was not the serpents first trick to cause a whispering in the mind that created questions to be pondered? "Did God really say?" - "Is that what will really happen?"
There is no doubt in my mind that I am often my own worse enemy. My mouth often moves far faster than my brain has the ability to shut it. My emotions, particularly those of hurt or rejection, often overtake the ability to consider or care for the effect of my behavior or words on others. So, in answer to all of these questions, let me put forward another few questions.
Is it possible that, by looking at Satan and all that is taught about him, we can see a picture of the struggle within each and every one of us? Can we see a picture of what will become of us if we allow this inner whispering to lead us down the wrong path? Is it not more important to recognize the work of the enemy within ourselves rather than to go around blaming something 'out there'?
And isn't all of this, as mentioned before, still possible if there is an actual Satan, with his band of not so merry men, weaving his own sort of trickery on all who will allow him to plant the seed?
But remember, that seed still needed to be planted. If you become more like Christ every day, because you receive His seed Word, who do you become like if you receive the other seed?
Reminds me of a dream I had that was quite intense.
It ended with me hearing an evil voice telling this guy that was laying in a bed to watch dirty movies. The thing was, the evil voice wasn't shouting it. It was whispering, and it was definitely something coming from outside the guy . . . it was subtle enough where I knew the guy thought it was coming from within him, and he listened and did it. Then the evil voice laughs this evil laugh because it knew it fooled him into thinking the thoughts were his own.
End of dream.
On hating satan, I've wondered myself that before. I also believe that he being the epidemy of evil it may be what is called for, but since I do not know for sure that is what we should do, I tend to not look to go there on my own. So, don't know and don't look to go there on my own.
We should hate all that he stands for.
I used to wonder why the devil hated us so much. The bible says he’s out to kill, steal, and destroy us . . . and goes about seeking opportunities to do that. It was challenging for me to understand how any being could be so evil. So I have this other dream and in the dream I was in a bookstore where I met this young lady that had been involved in wicca. I was walking towards the front when I saw her walk in, then two women came in after her and stood beside her. I was in the process of saying hi when I then picked up that there was an evil spirit in her that really wanted to hurt me. Not only hurt me, but it would get intense pleasure out of it. I also sensed the two other women beside her (one to her left, and the other standing on her right) also had evil spirits, but I knew the one in her was the stronger, or more evil one. They all wanted to harm me. I then was like, ‘oh’ . . .
When I woke up I was like, “Ok God, I see what you are saying, but I still don’t get it.” Well, I didn’t hear a voice, but it was like I felt the Lord was saying, “And you will never know that type of evil, just know it is so.”
Overall from what I know of scriptures and what the Lord has revealed to me I know that there is no light in the devil and his horde. As Jesus said, he cannot even tell the truth for there is no light in him. When he does evil it is his nature, darkness and evil. So, in that way I can have a limited understanding, but I will never know that type / measure of evil in a personal way for as a child of God I will always be protected of that.
Even fallen man isn’t totally depraved, or totally in the dark for the scriptures say we have the light of Jesus shining on the world, and there is the law as a shadow of his Light. Yet we all need revelation, which to me is the bright light of Father’s Heart shining in our heart’s by way of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ.
Well, God uses dreams and visions in my life to teach me too, as it lines up with his Word and Heart of course.