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Monday, October 29, 2012

Devil - Roaring Lion

This snapshot of an owl snatching away a wild cat was taken in a field in Minnesota, USA.
 

 

The images above reminded me of the alert warning in 1Peter 5:8;

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”


Roaring (ὠρυόμενος) : Only here in New Testament. The word conveys somewhat of the sense by the sound (oruomenos). It denotes especially the howl of a beast in fierce hunger.

As a roaring lion - Satan tempts under three forms:

1. The subtle serpent; to beguile our senses, pervert our judgment, and enchant our imagination.

2. Disguised as an angel of light; to deceive us with false views of spiritual things, refinements in religion, and presumption on the providence and grace of God.

3. As a roaring lion; to bear us down, and destroy us by violent opposition, persecution, and death.

Seeking whom he may devour - Τινα καταπιῃ· Whom he may gulp down. It is not every one that he can swallow down: those who are sober and vigilant are proof against him, these he may not swallow down; those who are drunken with the cares of this world, etc., and are unwatchful, these he may swallow down.

Be sober, νηψατε from νη, ‘not’, and ‘πιειν‘to drink’; do not drink, do not swallow down: and the word καταπιῃ, from κατα, down, and πιειν, to drink. If you swallow strong drink down, the devil will swallow you down. Strong drink is not only the way to the devil, but the devil's way into you and swallow you down.

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