College & Career Class Lesson Summary, November 18, 2018
Today we helped setup for a Thanksgiving luncheon for our bus riders, so we had an abbreviated Sunday school time. I opened the floor for questions and it turned into a good discussion on Satan. I will attempt to recreate the discussion here. I’ll also attempt to not add anything that we didn’t discuss (unless absolutely necessary).
One of the students made the point that as we have been working through Ephesians and focusing on the unity in Christ, that the anti-Christ will operate under the same idea – that he will seek to bring unity, but a false one. The anti-Christ will arrive with a message of peace and unity and many will flock to this and take refuge under his (false) program. If Christ generates unity, with believers, then should it surprise us when Satan desires the same? (Satan, being the power behind the anti-Christ).
We looked at Isaiah 14, where we find a prophecy against the king of Babylon, but is serving to address the power behind the king.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 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: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
We see how Satan’s chief desire is to be like the Most High. Satan will do whatever he can to have that status, so if the Most High operates in unity, then we should absolutely expect Satan to attempt to construct his own form of unity.
Another student offered a few comments and in them, he made mention of Satan’s greed. This took us to Ezekiel 28.
Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 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 of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 28:16 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, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 28:17 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.
Here we saw a prophecy against the king of Tyre, yet, like Isaiah, was addressing the power behind him. The king of Tyre was never in the garden of God, in Eden, yet, he is being addressed as if he were (again, because it is the power behind the king that is the real focus). Ezekiel reminds us of Satan as the anointed cherub that covers the throne of God. (At some point after we finish Ephesians, we’ll look at Angels and Cherubs, etc.) But, for our discussion today, suffice it to say that Cherubs are not angels. Cherubs are a spirit creature that are largely associated with guardianship:
(i.e. Satan’s former role as the guardian of the throne of God; the Cherub that guarded the tree of life after Adam and Eve were banished from the garden; the two Cherubs that covered the mercy seat, guarding the place where the glory of God dwelt…etc.).
Satan was a throne guardian – presumably the most important role of God’s heavenly creatures. Yet, as Ezekiel records, Satan became wrapped up in himself. Instead of recognizing that his brightness was a product of being close to God (who is Light – 1John 1:5), Satan believed it generated from himself. And, by the brightness of his merchandise, he trafficked his plan to be like the Most High and some of the heavenly host determined to follow him. So, this led to another question – when did this happen?
We weren’t successful at determining when this happened, as we ran out of time, but what we did do is being to explore a passage of scripture where most would go to in order to discuss how many rebelled with Satan, and that would be Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Upon reading this, we determined that the child is Jesus Christ – the one who would rule all nations with a rod of iron. The woman, therefore, is either Mary or Israel. It would seem that the woman is Israel, based on verse 6. When the dragon pulled a third of the stars of heaven (presumably angels) with him, according to this section of scripture, when did this happen? This happened during the process of Christ’s birth. Outside of this section of scripture, there is no record of Satan rebelling with a third of the angels PRIOR to Adam and Eve or during the time of Adam and Eve.
Satan has been on a mission since Genesis 3:15 was uttered – Satan was not going to allow the seed of the woman (the “man child”) to crush his head. When Israel brought forth Christ, Satan determined to go after Him, to kill Him. He initially works through Herod when Herod orders the babies to be killed and attempts throughout Christ’s ministry to get Christ to submit to him. Satan believes he finally gets Christ at Calvary. Satan struts triumphantly until a few days later, he hears an angel of the heavenly host ask some women – why seek ye the LIVING among the dead? Satan’s dominion – the dominion of death, was crushed by the resurrection of Christ.
Unfortunately, time ran out before we could continue. This may seem rather disjointed, but that’s what you get with a short Q&A 🙂 Hopefully, however, this gave you some things to think about in your own studies.