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WE HAVE AN ENEMY (7 of 8)
I Peter 5:9
September 22, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Last week we dealt with the REVELATION
OF THE ENEMY and became aware that he is our opponent
and a slanderer. The Bible says he is "seeking whom
he may devour". This literally means to eat or eat
down; more accurately than "eat up". He has a
vicious nature (RAVENOUS), restless activity (prowl),
malignant intentions (looking for someone to devour),
(to gulp down).
The purpose of Satan is to consume the believer,
immersing him in evil and guilt and thus frustrating
whatever usefulness he might have for the work of the
Kingdom. He is in the casualty producing business.
Jesus has made us aware of his plans.
Luke 22:31-32, "And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon!
Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you
as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith
should not fail; and when you have returned to Me,
strengthen your brethren."
"Simon, Simon" - the repetition of the name implied an
earnest and somber tone of warning. Christ Himself
had given Simon the name Peter, but here He reverted
to his old name, perhaps to intensify His rebuke about
Peter's fleshly overconfidence. The context also
supports that Peter may have been one of the more
vocal participants in the dispute (v. 24).
"Satan has asked for you" - Though addressed to Peter
specifically, this warning embraced the other
disciples as well. The pronoun "you" is plural.
"sift you as wheat" The imagery is apt. It suggests
that such trials, though unsettling and undesirable,
have a necessary refining effect. I Peter 5:10 says
"after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish,
strengthen, and settle you."
Luke 22:32 says "I have prayed for you." He
personally assured Peter of His prayers and of Peter's
"that your faith should not fail" - Peter himself
failed miserably, but his faith was never overthrown.
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