SATAN’S DEVICES

As we near the close of time, the human mind is more readily affected by SATAN’S DEVICES. He leads deceived mortals to account for the works and miracles of Christ upon general principles. Satan has ever been ambitious to counterfeit the work of Christ, and establish his own power and claims. He does not generally do this OPENLY AND BOLDLY. He is artful, and knows that the most effectual way for him to accomplish his work, is to come to poor fallen man in the form of an angel of light. SATAN CAME TO CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS IN THE FORM OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN,–MORE LIKE A MONARCH THAN A FALLEN ANGEL. He came with scripture in his mouth. Said he, “It is written,” &c. Our suffering Saviour meets him with scripture, saying, “It is written.” Satan takes the advantage of the weak, suffering condition of Christ. He took upon him our human nature.  {RH, February 18, 1862 par. 8}

 

LOOK AT THIS ALSO

Mary then hastened with all speed to the disciples, and informed them that Jesus was not in the sepulcher where they had laid him. While she was upon this errand, the other women, who waited for her at the sepulcher, made a more thorough examination of the interior, to satisfy themselves that their Lord was indeed gone. SUDDENLY THEY BEHELD A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN, clothed in shining garments, sitting by the sepulcher. It was the angel who had rolled away the stone, and who now assumed a character that would not terrify the women who had been the friends of Christ, and assisted him in his public ministry. But notwithstanding the veiling of the brightness of the angel, the women were greatly amazed and terrified at the glory of the Lord which encircled him. They turned to flee from the sepulcher, but the heavenly messenger addressed them with soothing and comforting words: “Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him; lo, I have told you.”  {3SP 199.1}

What do you think of this one too…?

John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

John  6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

John  6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

John  6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,

John  6:9 THERE IS A LAD HERE, WHICH HATH FIVE BARLEY LOAVES, AND TWO SMALL FISHES: BUT WHAT ARE THEY AMONG SO MANY?

Perhaps this lad  was an Angel…I don’t know. Just thinking.

CHRIST KNEW WHAT HE WOULD DO

As the sun was setting, Jesus saw before him five thousand people besides women and children, who had been all day without food. He inquired of Philip CONCERNING THE PROBABILITY OF OBTAINING BREAD for so large a number, that they might not return to their homes unrefreshed nor faint by the way. THIS HE DID TO TEST THE FAITH OF HIS DISCIPLES, FOR HE HIMSELF WAS AT NO LOSS HOW TO PROVIDE FOOD. He who would not work a miracle to satisfy his own hunger in the wilderness, would not allow the multitude to suffer for lack of food. Philip looked over the sea of heads and thought how impossible it would be to obtain sufficient food to satisfy the wants of such a crowd. He answered that two hundred pennyworth of bread would not be nearly enough to divide among them so that each one might have a little. Jesus inquired how much food could be found among the company. He was told that ANDREW HAD DISCOVERED A LAD WHO HAD WITH HIM FIVE BARLEY LOAVES, AND TWO SMALL FISHES. But this was nothing among so many, and they were IN A DESERT PLACE, where no more could be obtained.  {3Red 54.2}

Things that I find interesting in this occurrence

  1. He was told that Andrew had discovered a lad who had with him five barley loaves, and two small fishes. BUT THIS WAS NOTHING AMONG SO MANY, AND THEY WERE IN A DESERT PLACE, WHERE NO MORE COULD BE OBTAINED. {3Red 54.2)
  2. He then took the loaves and fishes, and, having given thanks, distributed them to the disciples and to the multitudes, IN QUANTITIES SUFFICIENT TO SATISFY THEIR APPETITES. {3Red 55.1}
  3. The food did not diminish, as Jesus handed it to his disciples, who in their turn served the people. As often as they returned to him for a fresh supply, it was furnished them. {3Red 55.2

 

 

In Christ’s act of supplying the temporal necessities of a hungry multitude is wrapped up a deep spiritual lesson for all His workers. Christ received from the Father; He imparted to the disciples; they imparted to the multitude; and the people to one another. So all who are united to Christ will receive from Him the bread of life, the heavenly food, and impart it to others.  {DA 369.3}

In full reliance upon God, Jesus took the small store of loaves; and although there was but a small portion for His own family of disciples, He did not invite them to eat, but began to distribute to them, bidding them serve the people. The food multiplied in His hands; and the hands of the disciples, reaching out to Christ Himself the Bread of  Life, were never empty. The little store was sufficient for all. After the wants of the people had been supplied, the fragments were gathered up, and Christ and His disciples ate together of the precious, Heaven-supplied food.  {DA 369.4}

 

The  disciples were the channel of communication between Christ and the people. This should be a great encouragement to His disciples today. Christ is the great center, the source of all strength. His disciples are to receive their supplies from Him. The most intelligent, the most spiritually minded, can bestow only as they receive. Of themselves they can supply nothing for the needs of the soul. We can impart only that which we receive from Christ; and we can receive only as we impart to others. As we continue imparting, we continue to receive; and the more we impart, the more we shall receive. Thus we may be constantly believing, trusting, receiving, and imparting.  {DA 370.1}

WHY DID CHRIST SAID THIS STATEMENTS “THIS HE DID TO TEST THE FAITH OF HIS DISCIPLES, FOR HE HIMSELF WAS AT NO LOSS HOW TO PROVIDE FOOD. He who would not work a miracle to satisfy his own hunger in the wilderness,

Because he had learned and foretasted of himself the miracle of the supply of the bread in the wilderness.

After Satan had ended his temptations, he departed from Jesus for a little season. The foe was conquered, but the conflict had been long and exceedingly trying, and Christ was exhausted and fainting. He fell upon the ground as though dying. Heavenly angels who had bowed before him in the royal courts, and who had been with intense and painful interest watching their loved commander, and with amazement had witnessed the terrible contest he had endured with Satan, now came and ministered unto him. THEY PREPARED HIM FOOD AND STRENGTHENED HIM, FOR HE LAY AS ONE DEAD. Angels were filled with amazement and awe, as they knew the world’s Redeemer was passing through inexpressible suffering to achieve the redemption of man. He who was equal with God in the royal courts, was before them emaciated from nearly six weeks of fasting. Solitary and alone he had been pursued by the rebel chief, who had been expelled from Heaven. He had endured a more close and severe test than would ever be brought to bear upon man. The warfare with the power of darkness had been long and intensely trying to Christ’s human nature in his weak and suffering condition. THE ANGELS BROUGHT MESSAGES OF LOVE AND COMFORT FROM THE FATHER AND THE ASSURANCE THAT ALL HEAVEN TRIUMPHED IN THE FULL AND ENTIRE VICTORY HE HAD GAINED IN BEHALF OF MAN.  {2RED 54.3

It is interesting that these heavenly visitants prepared food for him in the wilderness….

Actually, this was not the first instant angels had ever prepared food here on earth.

Look at the experience of Elijah.

And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.  AND AS HE LAY AND SLEPT UNDER A JUNIPER TREE, BEHOLD, THEN AN ANGEL TOUCHED HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, ARISE [AND] EAT.  AND HE LOOKED, AND, BEHOLD, [THERE WAS] A CAKE BAKEN ON THE COALS, AND A CRUSE OF WATER AT HIS HEAD. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.  And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise [and] eat; because the journey [is] too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.  And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD [came] to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 1 KINGS 19:3-9

 

We should be faithful, so that this promise may apply to us practically in its exact time.

He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure.  Isaiah 33:16

Conclusion

We need to understand better than we do the mission of the angels. It would be well to remember that every true child of God has the  co-operation of heavenly  beings. Invisible armies of light and power attend the meek and lowly ones  who believe and claim the promises  of  God. Cherubim and seraphim, and angels that excel in strength, stand at God’s right hand, “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Hebrews 1:14. AA 154

By  angel messengers, earth is connected with heaven, and all the deeds of men, whether good or evil, are open to the eye of Infinite Justice.”  AA 494

Blessings

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *