Get Behind Me Satan!

Journal entry: Wednesday, July 19th, 2003

Matthew 16:23 “Get behind me Satan! (or “get out of my sight!’) For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Jesus made this statement describing the action of Satan shortly after Peter had rebuked Jesus for saying he must be rejected by the elders of Israel, and the chief priests and scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. Jesus is telling us that Satan is not all knowing. (He doesn’t have a clue what God is about to do.) Therefore he (Satan) is mindful of the things of men because men are made in the image of God, and God will always inform His people about what He is going to do before He does it. This leaves Satan out of the loop; so he has to sit on the sidelines watching men and try to decipher what God is doing. Jesus knew His purpose in coming to dwell among men was to die for the sins of man. He also knew God would use Satan to arrange this event even though Satan did not realize he was the puppet being used to serve God’s purposes. Since Satan’s method of ending something is to kill it, he thought that when Jesus died that would end whatever God’s plan was because he held the keys of death and hell. However, what Satan thought was the end of one person’s life was actually the beginning of life for all men. So, Satan, being mindful of the things of men; through an act of death actually provided life for me after death. Praise God.

Jesus tells us in this verse of scripture that Satan is an observer of men and through the actions of God’s children he tries to predict at what time certain events will happen. Satan knows what God has said in His Word, but he does not have the ability to decipher the intent of God’s heart, nor does he know the time frame of God’s plans which has been reserved for the children of God only. In John 16:13 Jesus explained it this way: “However when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatsoever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Satan used Peter as a mouthpiece to try to mislead Jesus in the above story, but Jesus knew where the information was from and quickly rebuked Satan before his ill conceived rebuke had a chance to lead to unbelief among His disciples.

There are some things the church needs to understand. One is, Satan cannot enter heaven or God’s presence any time he likes. He is not all powerful like most church people think. He is only a rebellious angel and nothing more. He’s an outcast who spends his time focusing his attention on mankind and how to lead them away from God. Satan can only enter heaven when he is called there to explain his activities on earth; thus he spends his time trying to guess what God is up to. This unknowing devil is the one people spend their time praising the affliction he lays upon them as though he is something great. He is nothing to God, and shouldn’t be anything to us. That is why Jesus told him to shut up and get behind Him. Rebuke means to hold one’s peace, or shut up! and fall in at the end of the line behind the leader. This also shows us Jesus is the Alpha Lion King, and Satan is the Omega lion, the old toothless lion who has nothing left but his growl. So when Jesus told Satan to “Get behind Me!” He was telling Satan to fall in at the end of the line and stay there because he doesn’t have a clue what God is doing or what He is about to do. Even if Satan did know what God was up to, he couldn’t do anything about it. Here’s why; 1 Peter 5:8 tell us; “Be sober, be vigilant, (notice Peter didn’t say be afraid, he said to be aware of what is going on around you) because your adversay the devil walks about LIKE a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Or in other words, the lion pride uses the old toothless lions roar to strike fear in the hearts of their prey because the old lions roar is still a lion’s roar, but it’s the able bodied lions of the pride who captures and kills the prey. For all intents and purposes, the old toothless lions can’t catch or harm the prey, but the prey doesn’t know that. Peter tells us the devil is like that old roaring lion. We are to be aware of his tactics, but he is not the one we should fear. The one we should fear is the Alpha King who has the power to cast our souls into hell. When we become full of fear like ‘the scared out of their wits prey’ the old lion scares into running into the paws of the able bodied lions; we are in trouble because in our headlong dash for safety; we will run into the devils snares. If we know how the devil operates, we will not be afraid of the devil’s growl, nor will we fall for his tricks. And if at some time we become afraid, run into the arms of the Alpha King and thumb your nose at the devil. Then tell the devil to, “Shut up, Satan! I ain’t afraid of you no more. I don’t belong to you. I belong to the Son of God who is the Alpha Lion. So, get behind me Omega dude! and fall in at the end of the line; in Jesus name.” DThrash

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