- Why does suffering exist? (lesson from last Sunday)
- Why can we not always see God? (lesson from Wednesday)
- Is there a force (Satan) who also causes suffering and blinds people on this earth?
o Is Satan real?
Why would God place Satan on Earth?
- Great Red Dragon
o Swept 1/3 of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth
o Sought to devour Israel and the Messiah
- Great war in Heaven
o Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels
o The dragon was defeated by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus)
o Since there was no longer a place for him in Heaven, he was thrown down to the earth.
- Realizations about Angels and about Heaven in this event
o Angels had free will
o Heaven is a place where God is exclusively glorified because that is where His full presence is revealed.
o If Angels chose not to glorify God, they could not live in Heaven.
o Christ was celebrated as Redeemer, meaning that redemption was always a part of God’s plan.
o Satan, in his fall, became an instrument of that redemption.
o Satan temps people. While he means it for harm, God intends it for good and for the purpose of redemption.
- The Fall (Gen. 3) makes it possible for us to experience God’s goodness and begin to know the breadth of God’s love.
Revelation 12:13-19 (HCSB)
When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time. From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent. But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God’s commands and have the testimony about Jesus. He stood on the sand of the sea
Against whom does the dragon make war?
- The woman and her offspring.
o Israel and those who trust in the Messiah
- How does Satan wage war in our context?
o Confuses morality. What is right seems wrong and what is wrong seems right.
o Worshipping idols and self. How many choices for worship has Satan helped to create on this earth?
- How many gods? Entertainment? Intimacy? Education? Power?
Do we need to worry about Satan?
- We need to be aware that there is an enemy who seeks to destroy us.
- We should remember that while Satan’s view is limited, God’s is not.
- Satan is not God’s archenemy and God is not surprised at Satan’s many deceptions.
- Satan only has power that God has granted him.
- Satan’s presence on earth can only serve one purpose: that God may truly be glorified in His people, who aside from being fallen would not know the goodness of being with God.
- We can live in confidence. We do not have to be afraid of failure.
- We can live in security, knowing that God will not forsake us.
- We can realize the glory of God, because we each know what it is to be outside that glory.
- We can trust that Satan is not a power that we have to fear. He has already been defeated by the blood of the Lamb!