Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 3)
Why It Grew
You once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience...
Ephesians 2:2 (NKJV)
If the enemy's games on earth started when Satan (as a serpent) beguiled Eve, if he expanded his dirty dealings until God washed the world clean with a flood, if he grew wings as 'Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons' (Matthew 12:24), the fly master...*
Consider him today as the 'Prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2): media's king. This particular name for Satan was once inscrutable to Bible scholars:
'The phrase 'the power of the air' is unique and difficult' (Ellicott's Commentary). ' 'Why' he is here called the prince having power 'over the air,' it is not easy to determine' (Barnes Notes on the Bible). These famous theologians, Charles Ellicott and Albert Barnes, lived in the 19th century.**
How could they understand the power of the air? Modern media had yet to be invented. They had trains, steamships and mechanical presses. News came by word of mouth and books were expensive. Few people traveled far and nets were for fishing.
But today, Satan fashioned a new kind of net: a net of invisible and glistening lines. Unattached people enter this net and get stuck, and so comes its appropriate name: internet. At the same time, this serpent of old is soaring. The great dragon and his fallen angels fly high.
They've constructed the popular games of entertainment. Talented players compete for treasured field positions. Through their star power, the enemy's team skyrocketed. And while it was happening, God's team (mostly) stayed home.
To Be Continued...
* The word Beelzebub signifies the lord or master of flies: http://www.biblelearn.com/b_frame.htm
** Charles Ellicott and Albert Barnes are among history's most acclaimed theologians. They wrote lengthy Bible commentaries that are still studied today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ellicott; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Barnes_(theologian)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.