The Abuser as a Picture of Satan, Part 2
[June 10, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
(You can read Part 1 here.)
Satan was created a beautiful, privileged being.
You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. (Ezekiel 28:12)
But then a defect was found in him.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor…. (Ezekiel 28:15-17)
Satan was proud, full of violence, and he said “I will be like God”.
You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:13-14)
He felt entitled to the power of God. So God threw him down (Luke 10:18). Everywhere that Satan appears in the Bible, he is full of tricks and a supreme attitude of entitlement. He becomes enraged when he is not worshiped. He makes demands for creation to bow down to him. It is his defining characteristic.
In the book of Esther, when the evil Haman is plotting against Mordecai, notice what triggers his violence:
And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. (Esther 3:5)
Now notice what triggers the violence of Nebuchadnezzar:
….be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. (Daniel 3:18-19)
Evil men become enraged when they are not obeyed or worshiped. Then they punish those that offend their sense of entitlement and power. The message is “Bow down to me OR ELSE”.
Here is Satan’s breathtaking entitlement when he tempts Jesus:
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
First there is the ridiculous false promise that Satan gives Jesus. Does Satan really have ownership of creation, that it would be his “right” to give it away? That would be directly in opposition to Deut 10:14. Perhaps Satan knows it is a false promise but he doesn’t care. He is a liar, after all, right? Secondly there is the craving for power. He wants Jesus to “fall down” and worship him. Not only that, but he feels entitled to make this demand on the very Son of God! Who witnessed Satan’s own creation! This attitude is breathtaking, yes? To normal people, perhaps. But not to Satan. And not to the abusive man or woman — because they are little “satans”. The abuser’s mentality comes straight from the pit of hell.
But God has already exposed him:
All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.” (Ezekiel 28:19)
All who (truly) know the Abuser are APPALLED. Everyone who comes into intimate contact with an abuser recoils in horror! Think of Jezebel, when she finally met her end. The new king rode through the gates and looked up at the evil queen, standing in her window. And he called out to her own palace guards — the eunuchs — and said “Who is on my side?”. Jezebel’s own guards, who knew her intimately, gave no indication of hesitance. When King Jehu said to them “Throw her down” — they immediately laid hands on her and threw her out the window. (2 Kings 9:32-33)
They knew her. And they were appalled.
The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet — Amen!
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Posts in this series
Part 1: The Abuser as a Picture of Satan
Part 2: Is this post.