The Authority of the Lord

MICHAEL-VS-SATANEven Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) Jude 9

I have always been fascinated by this verse.
There are a couple of things that come to mind.

First is the non-accusation from Michael. Even though he is a mighty angel – an archangel, he did not accuse the devil himself.
Do we have the right to accuse the devil?
It is written the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20
There are the words of Jesus to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan!” Matt 16:23
Jesus also said, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.” Luke 10:18-19

It may be that Michael and Satan (Lucifer) were equally created beings for the purpose of God. The difference between them is Satan (Lucifer) sinned and Michael did not.

We, on the other hand, were born sinful and have come out of it. We have escaped from Satan’s grasp and are under the authority of Christ. This was done because of the blood of Jesus. His blood covers our sins but not Satan’s.

The Lord Jesus gave us all authority over the enemy! Praise God!

The second thing is the dispute over the body of Moses.

It is written Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. The Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. Deut 34:5-6
And yet there was an argument over his body!
There can be much speculation about this – more than I care to get into.
The point is Satan also desires you! There is a spiritual war taking place right now over you.
Satan wanted Moses. Satan wanted Job. Satan wanted Jesus. Satan wanted Peter. Satan wants you.

You can resist him. Humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Whether you resist Satan with “the Lord rebuke you” or “get behind me, Satan”, you must resist him in the name of Jesus!

Col 3:17 – whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

2 thoughts on “The Authority of the Lord

  1. Life is not easy. Circumstances can weaken a person, whether it’s in the body or in the spirit. Paul said the thing he would do he does not, the thing he would not do he does because of the sin nature that dwells within him. It’s all to easy to judge a person / to accuse. God is quick to speak into the life of His child when error has been committed so that we can turn from it. As we go deeper into our studies (the Bible) and our fear of the Lord grows error happens less often. Thank God His children are quick to pray for such a one, and forgive.


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