on the leviathan in Job, hope 30 of 34 & spiritual warfare 1 of ?

By William Blake – William Blake Archive, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7736654

I am going back to that leviathan described in Job 41:1-10.  Take note that God says, in verse 11, if you can’t conquer this creature how can you “stand against Me?”  Think of it.  The leviathan; one of the creatures as in created things as in part of Creation.  Did you notice?  The thing was unconquerable, impenetrable!  As I considered this, my thoughts turned to our enemy/accuser/Satan.

Created by God, how powerful he is compared to us – we have no weapon against him apart from God.  On the other hand, with God there is no weapon that’s formed against us, the believers in the Messiah, that shall stand, Isaiah 54:17.  Paul gives direct instruction on spiritual warfare so let’s take a look at the Bible on this.

A Scheme

2 Corinthians 2:5-11:

[Note:  this constitutes a follow up where Paul instructed the church body to dis-fellowship a man who had committed a grievous sexual sin, the church complied, and now the man is about to be reinstated.]

“If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent – not to put it too severely.  The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.  Now instead you ought to forgive and comfort him so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him….If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him – if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us.  For we are not unaware of his schemes, (emphasis mine).

So the scheme in this case is to overwhelm with excessive sorrow.  The cure/our weapons: forgiveness, love, reaffirmation.  Mercy triumphs over judgment, James 2:13; do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:21; we overcome him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, Revelation 12:11.

God helps us by telling us ahead of time and by showing us which weapons we are to use.  Until next time there are some more specifics see Ephesians 6.


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