Berean Lamp Memory verse - Job 4:18 - (Aug 24-31)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Job 4:18. This is the third Memory Verse in our Devotional series looking at God's eternal purpose for mankind and how that relates to Lucifer's fall and his activities as satan, "the accuser" of mankind today. Scripture gives us some good insights into the character of satan, his methods, and his reason for rebelling against God. To mankind God promised to subject the world to come (as we saw two weeks ago from Hebrews 2:5-15) - He did not give it to angels, and Paul goes as far as to tell us in 1 Corinthians 6:3, that Believers will even judge angels. In satan's pride, God's plan for mankind could very well be why he rebelled against the Word of God rather than serve God by serving lowly mankind, as God had created the angels to do: "Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).
All satan's work in this world is directed at condemning mankind in God's eyes by tempting them to sin, then once they sin, he turns around and accuses them of their sin to God. He knows that sin is abhorrent in God's eyes and that He will not accept anyone stained by sin in His Holy presence. In this way, he not only seeks to steal mankind away from God's purpose for them, but he seeks to prove God's Word wrong and condemn mankind through sin in order to justify himself and his rebellion. Of course, he could not clearly see God's perfect plan of salvation (1 Peter 1:10-12), and he did not trust God's perfect Word, which would reveal in the proper time God's very own Son, Jesus Christ, Who would offer salvation to the very mankind condemned through satan's work in their lives. God's own righteousness in His Son would cover the sins of those who believe on Him. Believers are saved from condemnation through Christ's substitution for them in their place of judgement, for He willingly bore God's just and holy wrath for our iniquity and rebellion. Through Jesus' redemption of us, we are spared from the wrath to come.
Through Christ alone, man can be saved from the condemnation of his sin, which he bears responsibility for regardless of where the inspiration for that sin came from (satan). Satan bears his own guilt before God, and God has dealt with him - his fate has been decreed, to be fulfilled at long last in the close of the Millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:10). God's purpose by His Word is truly amazing! Let's look more this week at what God's Word has to say about satan's purpose and methods against mankind.
May the Lord help us to more fully understand the reality of His Word, which is so often obscured by the smoke and mirrors that surround us today, distracting us every which way from the truth of Jesus Christ and the great work He has done in saving us from the schemes of the devil. Each day, may we praise our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ for His eternal salvation! Even so, Amen.
Our Memory Verse for this week is:
“He puts no trust even in His servants; and against His angels He charges error” (Job 4:18).
Other verses to consider:
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!” (Matthew 18:7)
“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, 'Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God'” (Revelation 12:10).
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, 'From where have you come?' Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?' Then Satan answered the Lord and said, 'Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.' So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:6-12).
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where have you come?' Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.' Then Satan answered the Lord and said, 'Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.' And the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life' (Job 2:1-6).
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?' Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, 'Remove the filthy garments from him.' And to him he said, 'Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.' And I said, 'Let them put a clean turban on his head.' So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by. And the angel of the Lord solemnly assured Joshua, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch. For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day” (Zachariah 3:1-9).
“We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous” (1 John 3:12).
“But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good” (Psalm 38:19-20).
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15).
“Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!” (Psalm 103:20)