I read in II Samuel 3:27 about a fellow who made a mistake. Abner was safe; he was inside the city of refuge. But he had an enemy, Joab. Joab persuaded him to step outside the gate just a little ways to talk. When Abner stepped outside the gate, Joab plunged a dagger through Abner’s heart. Kind David loved Abner. Verse 33 reads, “And the king lamented’ over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?”
By T. W. Barnes
If we were watching a beautiful sunset as it set below the horizon and darkness began to spread over the land, we know one thing for sure—in just a few hours the same sun will come up in the east showing its glory and its power once again. The Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into our life. There may be clouds at time, but He is always there. Sometimes it may seem He is gone, but He is right with us. He will soon manifest Himself again. This is just as true as after the night, the sun will rise again.
The Lord talked about Satan before and after he fell in Ezekiel 28:14-19: “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones offire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, 0 covering cherub, from the midst of the stones offire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”
And in Isaiah 14:12-15: “How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the
clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Had not the Lord Jesus Christ fought this first battle, there would be no battle for us; Satan would have won. Jesus came and won the big battle. He left the little one for us, and we can win because Jesus says we can.
Jesus did not defeat Satan for Himself. The Lord Jesus had no sin in his life, no guile in His mouth. He was perfect, and He defeated Satan in every situation in the three and one half years he ministered here on earth. Every thing Satan did to Jesus, Jesus allowed it. He came to live and die for a purpose. 1 John 3:8: “…for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Some may say it’s not all done yet. No, not world wide. But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil in you and me if we let Him. What ever the battle, He is able to take care of it.