Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Complaining (Part 3)
The Original Complaint
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.
Isaiah 14:14 (NASB)
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him... for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
Revelation 12:9-10 (NKJV)
Complaining had to start somewhere. Consider Satan, the accuser of our brethren.* I believe he is the original complainer and his primary complaint concerned us: God's people.
Here's some of what we know: 1) Angels were created before men. 2) They lived with God in the heavenlies. 3) Their purpose was to worship and serve. 4) That service included men on earth. 5) They are wise, willful and powerful. 6) They express emotions, like we do. 7) They are organized and do not die.
Here's some more: 1) God created man in His Image. 2) Compared to angels, we're not as strong. 3) Neither are we so smart or mobile. 4) Instead, we were molded out of clay. 5) Yet God loves people exceedingly. 6) He crowns us with glory and honor. 7) We'll even judge the angels one day.
Could these thoughts be grounds for Satan's complaint? Was he angered by God's love for mankind? Clearly, weren't we inferior to him? Would weaklings really judge he and his kin? Since they were here first, was it fair or right?
So he riled up one third of God's angels, and they tried to overthrow the kingdom. They lost and we know what happened. We've been living in the fallout. But Jesus fought for us and won. He gave back to us God's power.
Bottom line? Complaint is Satan's game. Don't go there.
To Be Continued....
* If you want to go deep about Satan and angels (both good and bad), read these two well-researched, intriguing articles:
* Satan's Part in God's Perfect Plan: https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan
* Survey of Bible Doctrine: Angels, Satan, Demons: https://bible.org/seriespage/6-survey-bible-doctrine-angels-satan-demons
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.