Today I would like to speak with your about the Hound and the Snake. When we were in Europe, taking our vacation for our fortieth wedding anniversary, we went on a Reformation Tour. We went to certain cities in Europe where some of the great reformers had done their work. And we went to Martin Luther's home. Some of you may have been to these sights. I was told that a certain dark colored spot there, on the wall of his home was caused by Martin Luther when he heard a noise there in the wall. He zealously threw an ink bottle at the noise, and it broke open and made a dark splotch on the wall. He thought it was the devil, and he threw an ink bottle at the devil. Well, today I want to throw some ink at the devil.
The devil is quite successful. He has been the spiritual head of perhaps eighty to ninety percent of the entire world for nigh on to six thousand years. He's been consistent, successful. And you know, Mark Twain said, "His executive abilities are of the loftiest order." Well, we could numerize them for you, but before we begin to throw some ink at the devil, allow me to ask you a question: Have you ever thought how similar Satan is to Jesus? Your first thought could be that there would be absolutely no similarities at all. Well, there are lots of similarities; probably a dozen or two dozen. Allow me to list a few striking similarities to you.
1. Both Jesus and the devil are GODS. You may say, "I don't believe the devil is God." Well, Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel" -- which means, 'God with us.'" And 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God. The devil is called the god of this earth. Now, they don't get along, these two gods. The devil wrestles with God. Do you know where their battlefield is? It's the human heart.
2. Both are wise. Jesus knows our thoughts, even. He's omniscient. Matthew 9:4. And the devil? Ezekiel. 28:3 says, Are you wiser than Daniel? who was one of the wisest humans that ever lived in the world.
3. Both came from heaven. (Both used to have the same address!) Revelation 12:9 says, the great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He will not have access to the New Jerusalem any more. John 17:5 says that Jesus came from heaven. They both used to live in the same place. Now, you can have two youngsters, two adults, attending the same church the same Sabbath, listening to the same sermon, and one can go out of here saved, and the other can go out of here unchanged and unsaved, still discouraged, still fallen, still carrying a grudge. The same circumstances but vastly different hearts. You might say, 'How could the devil live in heaven, and Jesus live in heaven and they be so different? How can two people go to church and be so different? Heaven didn't get in to the devil. That's the problem.
4. Both are Invisible. Colossians 1:15. And I'm glad I cannot see the hideous face of the devil. I hope I never see it. But I long to see the sweet face of my Savior.
5. Both seek to enter the human heart. Revelation 3:20. "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock." What does Jesus want to do? He wants to come into your heart. Luke 22:3, Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot. The devil enters into the heart of man.
6. Both the devil and Jesus have ministers. Yes, they do. I Corinthians 4:1. So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ. Paul says I am a Minister of Christ (Servant). Paul was a pastor. He was a minister, a servant. I am a servant of Jesus.
But the devil has ministers, too. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. For such are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. Satan and his ministers.
7. Both quote Scripture.: Shakespeare said that the devil cna cite Scripture for his own purposes. Here in Matthew 4, they both quote Scripture. However, the devil misquotes Scripture. He has a bad habit. He can't get it right. And I feel a little squeamish when I hear the devil quoting Scripture.
8. Both of these individuals have their angels. Revelation 12:7. And there was war in heaven. Michael and His angels g\fought against the dragon , and the dragon and his angels fought back. So they both have angels, don't they. Some of those angels are pretty bad. Thankfully, most of them are pretty good.
9. Both are bright. They are both the morning star, aren't they. Now, Revelation 1:16-18 ....His face was as bright as the sun shining in all its brilliance... That's Jesus. And 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 .... for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Lucifer means 'light.' Satan will appear as bright when he impersonates the second coming of Jesus, which won't be too long, I think. We're living right there in the last days.
I was reading a book called Silent No More. In it author Rod Parsley made an interesting statement. According to Joseph Smith, in the early 1800's, Jesus had a brother. And, Jesus' brother was Lucifer, the devil. Now, you'll never read that in the Bible. You know, you have to be careful when you compare that. Of course, Joseph Smith was the founder of the Mormon church. That is an unbiblical comparison.
10. Both Jesus and the devil are princes. Isaiah 9:6 - Jesus is the Prince of Peace; Ephesians 2:2 - Satan is the prince of power of air, Ezekiel 28:2- he's the prince of Tyre, the prince of demons. Mrs. Whites says in Desire of Ages p. 71, Satan is the prince of darkness. You know, life comes when we choose Jesus for our Prince. The devil and me, we don't agree. I hat him and he hates me.
Both are authors. JESUS-Author of love; Satan-author of disease, misery evil. (see PP 378, COL 72)
11. Both Jesus and the devil both work miracles. Do you think the devil works miracles? Can he? Will he? In the last days, yes he will. Revelation 13:14. Satan is a miracle worker. John 6:14 Jesus, of course Jesus performed many miracles, we know that.
12. Both have a synagogue, and worshipers. Revelation 3:9.
13. Both have or will have experienced the second death. Many millions will die the second death. But Jesus and Satan are the only two people in history of the whole universe, other than the devil's evil angels to do this without ever having experienced the first death at all!
It is interesting that the two people who are the most different can have so many things in common. We just touched on it. There are maybe two dozen similarities. But there are thousands of differences. In today's sermon, Im not just going to touch on the similarities, but I want to talk about the differences. You can understand that I would do this, wouldn't you. The differences give us cause for rejoicing. And what great vast differences there really are! Our knowledge of these differences ought to help us in our walk toward heaven. When the shepherd speaks well of the wolf, then the flock must be careful. Today, I don't want to speak well of the wolf. I want to bad-mouth the wolf today. I want to throw ink at the wolf today. Let's examine a few of the differences. Let's throw some ink.
Here's a difference: What does devil mean? It means 'accuser.' Accuser of whom? Accuser of the brothers and the sisters. (Revelation 12:10.) What does the name 'Jesus" mean? It means, 'Savior.' (Luke 2:11.)
Devil has 'I' problems. You can read this in Isaiah 14:13-14: "I will do this, I will do that, I, I...." The devil has "I" problems. If you boil sin down in a big cast iron pot to its core residue, that residue that is left over will be selfishness. And that's what the devil exudes in his life. He has numerous qualities of selfishness about him. If it can be a quality. PHILIPPIANS 2:7-8 says that Christ emptied Himself, so here's the epitomy of unselfishness is Jesus, and the devil is the epitome of selfishness. Christ was the fabricator of the universe, and yet He patiently came and endured and allowed Himself to be begotten in the womb of a woman. His poor parents wrapped Him in rags. They laid Him in a cattle trough. Now remember that just before Jesus was born on this world, He had been in the courts of heaven. And now suddenly, He's down here in the darkness of night in a manger, in a barn. That must have been very humbling. He had been riding in the chariots of the cherubim. And now he was in the feeding trough.
Have you ever thought how much of a shock it must have been for Jesus to come to this old world? It must have been a tremendous shock. He whom before Whom the seraphim stood in awe, ascribing glory to His shining divinity, and Who sent forth waters from heaven, received baptism by John the Baptist in the dirty Jordan River. He gave His blood on behalf of all He who had never once experienced any physical pain, came to this earth and felt the ultimate pain which led to His death. In heaven He had never had anybody dislike Him before Lucifer came around. And now He was put to death by the very people that He came to save. They pierced the side of Him who created them. He who hung there in space was hung on a tree. He who was the judge, they judged in a harsh judgment. He who gave life to the entire universe was killed on this planet. He created the all the vast space in the heavens yet there was no room for Him in the Inn. In fact the only place there was room for Him was on the cross. That's where they finally made room for Him.
I am so glad God sent Jesus! I'm so glad He's our Savior. You know, if the greatest need had been information, I suppose God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been wealth, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need was health, He would have sent us a Mayo Clinic. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, and salvation, and God sent us Jesus, a Saviour. You know, I don't worry about the devil, all that he does God circumvents for His own purposes.
Christ creates, Satan Destroys. Colossians 1:16, For by Him all things were created. Christ is our loving Creator. His highest desire is to save you. The devil's highest desire is to destroy you. What a mean person he is. The devil is quarantined to this world now. He can't go to heaven any more. He can't hurt Jesus anymore. He can't pound a crown of thorns on Jesus any more. And I wonder how that crown must have hurt. He can't touch Jesus anymore. So, what does he do? He pounds a crown of thorns on your head because you are the children. You know, you hurt a child and you hurt the adult. So, what the devil is trying to do today is to hurt you because you are the children of the King because he can't get to Jesus any more. Psalm 17:4: Satan is the destroyer.
Jesus was bound that we might go free. Jesus-took our sin that we might be made righteousness. Jesus died that we might live. Satan lives that we might die. They are totally opposites in their character, their personality, and their goals of life. Jesus descended so we might ascend. Satan came down so we would be held down and that we would never go up.
Christ is the One Who builds up. Satan is the one who tears everything down that is not entrusted into the hands of Jesus for safe-keeping.
Christ is the Great Healer! The devil is the great hurter! He hurts us. Malachi 4:2, But you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. Christ went to heal. Isaiah 14:12 - Satan weakens the nations. Who invented this bird flu? This comes from the devil. He amalgamates, he destroys, he twists the good. He is a destroyer.
The "Acts of God" listed by insurance companies, are really acts of Satan. We really do not need to confuse these two people. They are so different. Tornado, flood, hurricane, loss of life, loss of your healthy arm or back or leg all come from the destroyer, from the devil.
Christ is the Living Truth. John 14:6 "I am the way, and the Truth and the life. Devil is a living lie. Revelation 12:9 He is the old deceiver. He's a liar, a liar from the beginning. In fact, he told the very first lie.
I could say this about Christ: He is the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our eternal aspirations.
He Who never began to be, but eternally existed, and Who continued to be what He eternally was, began to be what He eternally was not!
To put it in simple words: Jesus is a wonderful Saviour! "He is the best master I have ever known. If there is anyone greater, I don't know of Him. Jesus is the only Master worth serving and the only Ideal that never loses its inspiration. He is the only friend whose friendship meets every demand. He is the only Saviour who can save to the uttermost." (quoted by David Livingstone) Jesus is wonderful! If the devil is your master, you have a taskmaster. You don't want the devil to be your master. Jesus is the only Master worth serving. If you serve Him you will never go wrong. He is the only ideal Person. He never loses His inspiration. He is the only Friend whose friendship is permanent. He is the only Savior that can save us to the uttermost. He is a wonderful Savior, a wonderful Person. In the hands of Jesus we are changed!
Sin has many tools in its toolbox, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.
Christ loves the church. Ephesians 5:25. Satan is wroth with the church - Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
If you find yourself disgruntled with the church that Jesus loves, whose side are you on? You're on the devil's side.
The Hound and the Snake.
Christ came to save. - John 3:17. He is called the Hound of Heaven by many Christians because he goes out searching and seeking those who are lost. Like a trained hound He goes out to the dark desolate places looking and seeking lost souls.
Satan on the other hand is called the old serpent, the hissing snake, the poisonous viper seeking who he might bite or squeeze to death in his coils of sin. If you have the boa constrictor wrapped around you and you say, "I can't get loose. I can't break loose from these terrible habits that I have." Yes, you can. You just call on the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is all-powerful. Jesus is the harmless little lamb and Satan is as dangerous as a hungry lion. I Peter 5:8 Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring-devouring lion looking for someone to devour. I think that if Jesus had lived here on the continent of North America that He would have compared the devil to a hungry grizzly bear. We don't have lions in Collegedale, or grizzly Bears, but I think the grizzly bear is the greatest animal on this continent.
Eph 6:10-17 Put on the whole armor of God.
Let me tell you a story. Darrell Loomis was a truck driver hauling goods from Cincinnati down to Atlanta on I-75. He enjoyed stopping for a meal at a certain diner run by a man by the name of Joe. One summer afternoon, Darrell parked his truck and entered the diner. Sitting down at his favorite seat, which was the third counter seat. He ordered his food. Outside he heard the thunder and saw the dust of twelve approaching motorcycles with extended forks. Soon in walked twelve members of a motorcycle gang. They had parked in the parking lot not far away from Darrell's Peterbilt truck. The gang stomped into the diner and the leader immediately started to pick on Darrell. He came over to Darrel and I think the devil was inspiring this gang. The leader said, "Who is this little sissy? thing on this stool at the counter?" Finally all the gang came over and Darrel remained silent and continued to eat his lunch. They formed a semicircle around Darrell and started snapping their fingers in his face. He continued eating and did not respond. A gang member picked up Darrell's glass of iced tea and poured it on Darrell's head. Darrel quietly and gently dried his face with a napkin and said nothing. Another gang member picked up mashed potatoes off his plate and put them in his ear. Darrell remained calm. He did not respond. He simply continued eating his lunch. The gang continued to harass him, but he never responded to any of them. And even when Darrell finished his lunch he quietly stood up, he paid Joe and he walked out without saying a word. The leader of the gang laughed. And he said to Joe, "What a wimp! That guy sure ain't much of a man!" And Joe, looking out the window of the diner said, "Nope, and he ain't much of a driver either. He just ran over twelve Harleys."
When Jesus came to this old world, many probably said, "What a sissy! What a sissy! He's not much of a man. What kind of a Messiah is he? He won't even fight the Romans." Satan and his followers surrounded Jesus. Jesus never said a word. He never responded in any way. Jesus took all their abuses. He was ridiculed, He was spat upon, He was crowned with thorns, He was hung upon a cruel cross. And Satan and his gang did everything they could to destroy Jesus, but Jesus never once opened His mouth. And they killed Him. But I want to tell you today that Jesus lives. Someday soon, Satan and his gang will ultimately be crushed under the foot of Jesus. Jesus came and paid it all. And all you have to do is accept Jesus as your Savior. Accept His forgiveness and His free eternal life. Satan is a defeated foe, Praise the Lord for that. When the devil brings up your past, you bring up his future. You accept Jesus as your Savior. Satan's hate will soon be gone forever. But Christ's love will endure forever.
I've enjoyed throwing a little mud at the devil today, and of uplifting Jesus to you today. And that's our goal here at the McDonald Road Church. Upliftng the Savior. He's the One Who came. What a Man He is! He's not a wimp. He's the man of men; the God of gods. Such a wonderful Savior we have! Is He your Savior? He can be. He wants to be. Invite Him into your life. Accept Jesus and you will live in heaven and you and Jesus will have the same address.
Hymn of Praise: #565, For the Beauty of the Earth Scripture: RR#712 Hymn of Response: #184. Jesus Paid it All
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