SEPTEMBER 25
   
Today's Bible Readings
     II Samuel 21
     Galatians 1
     Ezekiel 28
     Psalms 77
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
      ''You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." (Ezekiel 28: 15)
 
INTRODUCING YOUR ENEMY
      A favorite literary device of Old Testament writers was to begin what they said with an earthlyruler and then work their way into a supernatural power. This is the case in Ezekiel 28 as the prophet speaks of the King of Tyre, and then introduces us to Lucifer, the fallen angel that we know today as Satan.
      Like everything else God created, Satan was perfect until iniquity was discovered in him. Verses 11-19 give us a glimpse of Satan's past (what he was), his present state (what he is), and his future (what he will be). In this portion of Scripture, Ezekiel addresses the King of Tyre who was a self-proclaimed god. By no stretch of the imagination does the King of Tyre fit the description of this created supernatural person.
      Thus, if we understand these verses, we must interpret them in the same manner as some of the messianic Psalms. Following this method of interpretation, there is only one created supernatural person who fits the description in Ezekiel 28. That person is Satan.  Consider some of the things that God reveal s to us about Satan in his origin:
1.     He was God's Masterpiece. He was the seal of perfection. (verse 12) He was the sum of God's creation, one of a kind, without peer in the angelic realm. There were probably three angels who ruled over one-third of Heaven's angels. There were Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer, who became Satan, but it appears that Satan, or Lucifer, was the most magnificent angel in Heaven, and this went to his head. He was full of WISDOM. Scripture indicates that God endowed Satan with supernatural wisdom, but not complete wisdom. He was perfect in beauty. Satan was the most beautiful creature that God had ever created. His beauty filled him with pride. Beauty can be a blessing or a curse. Satan had physical beauty, supernatural wisdom, and the seal of perfection, but he wanted more.  He fell when God found him full of iniquity.
2.     He was God's Anointed Cherub who covers. A cherub is an angel. Satan was a very special cherub. God anoints for three offices: prophet, priest, and king. Satan could have been anointed for one or all three offices. He is the only known angel God anointed for any office.
3.     He was in Eden, the Garden of God. (verse 13) Careful reading tells us that this was not the same Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. When Satan was in the Eden of Genesis 3, he was already a fallen angel. In this Eden he was the sum of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
      We need to be reminded that Satan is a powerful enemy and has an army of demons (fallen angels under his control). We must be aware that we are in spiritual war with him every day, and he is a formidable foe.
      But the most important thing for us to be reminded of is that ''Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." At best, Satan is a created being, and he is under the authority of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He will someday be totally defeated and will be cast into the Lake of Fire. He may be the god of this world, but he rules a doomed domain. Because of the Blood of Jesus, you may claim victory over this enemy today.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
      As you pray for the radio outreach to the lost peoples of the world, remember that there are 2.5 billion radio receivers in the world, and potentially most of the world's population could have access to a radio. Pray for spiritual fruit and souls saved, Christians strengthened, churches planted, and believers discipled. Pray also for the follow-up that must be done by local churches and local believers.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD
Some people seem to put the devil on a par with God. Actually Satan is a fallen angel.
Billy Graham