ENMITY – THE BATTLE
BY: ANTHONY IDEMUDIA ASAKPA
OCTOBER 16, 2006
We looked into man’s creation yesterday. Today we will look at the hostility formed between the serpent and the woman and her seed.
When did satan become who he is?
The scripture says that satan murdered from the beginning (John 8:44). But that was when Cain killed Abel, which is a little away from the 1st 6 days of creation. This could indicate that ‘beginning’ may mean anytime very early in genesis. It could be the start, it could also be near the start of creation (see John 1:1, Matt 19:8)
Jesus then goes on to say that satan is the father, the originator, of lies. So he lied before he murdered and that lie was in Gen 3:1. So he most probably became who he is today between Gen 2:25 and Gen 3:1.
Remember that all the sons of God and morning stars (hebrew -boqer kokab – the ‘break of day’ princes) were joyful at the time the earth was fastened (Job 38:6-7). I believe satan and his demons were once one of them, but couldn’t hold to the covenant of truth (abode not -John 8:44)
Eccl. 3:11 says He (God) has made everything beautiful in His time. It says He has set the world (olam -age) in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Here again, we see the forgetting process as he covers our spirits with the dust-body).
So God made the serpent beautiful at the start.
Satan used the most subtle of the field beasts (Gen 3:1). The word ‘subtle’ is arum. It can mean crafty (Job 5:12) or prudent (Pro 13:16, Pro 14:18).
Remember a word can have positive and negative connotations.
The word ‘beast’ is interesting. It is chay in Hebrew and also means alive, strong. The serpent, gets its name from the hiss, that’s why Adam named it so (Gen 2:20).
So the serpent was a good creature (for God created everything – and it was good to Him). It was also the wisest of the field beasts, the strong of the field. Who is wiser than the prudent, who knows how to choose their words carefully! So the serpent most likely was able to speak before it was cursed to be the lowest of all cattle (Gen 3:14). So that’s why Satan decided to use it. It had ‘speaking intelligence’, so it’s thought processes were utilized by Satan.
For that reason this field beast was also cursed – losing its legs in the process and becoming the lowest of the low, physically and intelligently. You just have to see a snake eat a whole animal without chopping it up. That really is low!
Yet this curse had a spiritual application to the force behind the serpent-Satan.
He would become the lowest of the low. And would be consigned to going on his belly – slithering; and eating dust all the days of his existence!
Who is dust? Man’s dust-body is dust! Satan would be confined to feeding on all the dust that man churned out of himself, giving it strength by consuming it. This became his permanent calling.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus said, ‘the prince of this world cometh and has nothing in me’. (John 14:30). There was no dust in Jesus for Satan to feed on!! He was utterly powerless in the presence of our Lord Jesus.
Gen 3:15 And I will put enimity (eybah -hostility) between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it (her seed) shall thy bruise head (serpent’s head- the serpent’s controller), and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Bruise: shoof – means gape, snap at.
Heel: aqeba – means heel. Also used for the rear company of an army.
What is the heel of a man? I think it not only means a foot bone, but it means his strongest part – the part that can fight! Know also that even the physical heel bone is the strongest bone in the body! (the thigh bone is the strongest of the long bones).
What is this part that fights? In Job 18:9 we see an explanation: The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
Let’s look at another verse. Ps 89:51: Wherewith thine enemies have reproached O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps (aqeba -heel) of thine anointed.
What is this heel? It is the strongest part, the fighting part, of man. It is his mind – the voice of the soul!
Man’s mind is the battleground. Satan will use the things of the body or direct oppression of the mind so as to control a man. Consider everything on television and the newsstands.
For the Christian, God’s Holy Spirit is housed in our spirit, but the mind is still in the dust realm if it has not been fully conquered by Christ. But this process of mind-battle continues our entire life, till our dust-bodies return to the ground and our spirits return to God who gave it. Eccl. 12:7
There are those who also know another form of these battles: oppression on the body, while it is slowed down in sleep. For some it may be choking, for others crushing in the chest, yet others abuse by incubus/succubus. But this oppression is really felt by the soul, though it is a real physical experience. It is an attack by satan, as he seeks to disillusion and dishearten God’s children.
But they cannot be seen, because we are covered with the dust-body and can’t see into the spirit realm.
But there is freedom in Christ Jesus!!
He says, ‘Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD. Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contended with thee, and I will save thy children’ Isa. 49:24-25
By HIS power we break free, for He is doing the contending, and we contend jointly with Him. Energised and resting assuredly in His word that he will deliver us from every hand of darkness! Amen.
I don’t think the previous thought is complete yet.
We mentioned briefly the various ways the dark powers attack us.
One could be a willing participant or an unwilling one.
Carl Jung, the well known psychologist with his Jungian theories that are used by some in the world of psychiatry – regression therapy, talking to inner child etc.. He received these from his spirit guide, Philemon, that possessed him at the age of 3 years old. This is an unwilling participant.
There are those who continue to seek knowledge before God’s life. This is the problem of the 2 trees in the garden. It has not yet ended.
When one seeks the road to enlightment, travelling down Eckankar, Rosicrucianism, New Ageism, Witchcraft, Marine spirits etc… You are getting into willing participant territory. And yet in here, there are still unwilling participants.
They will tell you about soul travel and the silver cord – the connection between the soul and the body. A feeling of forced hovering and moving out of your body in your sleep and going places, being energised by wicked spirits. If traveling too far it snaps and your body dies. Eccl. 12:6 talks of this: or ever the silver cord be loosed…
The Apostle Paul, speaks of those who are held captive by Satan’s will.
2 Tim 2:26: That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive at his will.
But Paul puts everything into the proper perspective. Even though, he had seen the screaming demons come out, the powers of witchcraft, the oppressed and possessed set free. He says:
1 Cor 8:5-7 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are gods many, and lords many). But to us there is but ONE GOD, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and ONE LORD Jesus Christ by whom are all things and we by Him. Howbeit, there is not in every man that knowledge….
The message is clear.
For those who are in Christ, the gods lose their power if you have this knowledge. The word knowledge is gnosis – a knowing by experience. Those without Christ are open access to devils right into their spirits. But for those in Christ they cannot get into our spirits, but can still oppress our souls and bodies.
Yet when you begin to experience the power of the ONE GOD, The One WHO ALONE is supreme, the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt 28:18), the devils cannot resist and must loose their hold and leave. But sadly, even among the Lord’s chosen, there is not this knowledge. We look around and continue see the bondage in saved and unsaved alike.
Father, that all your people may have this knowledge. That there might rise up an army effectual, strong, with their heels made of steel. Heels that will crush every whisper of the slitherer. For Lord, You alone have all power. Amen!
We will look at the fall’s effect on Adam and Eve next time.
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