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Cast Notes: Satan

20 February 2011
The Sermon Series:
Satan –

Cast’s Narrative: Revelation 12:7–12; 1 John 5:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; John 8:41–45 (plus many others).

Personal Notes: The Hebrew word from which we get “Satan,” means to “obstruct, oppose.” In the Old Testament, “Satan” is not a proper name but rather defines the role a being plays in a particular situation (cf. Job chapters 1–2). In the New Testament, “Satan” is mentioned by name 33 times and also appears 32 times in a similar name (“devil”). He has a distinctive personality and can enter the hearts of people and be the author of their evil acts.

Act and Scene: At various points all throughout the Bible.

Plot: Satan… i.e. “the tempter,” controls the world around us. Both the Apostles Paul and John point out the fact that in Christ we are children of God and are called to be God’s light in the midst of a crooked and perverse reality that so often characterizes our world. We wonder how we can live the life of Jesus in such dark times and circumstances. Nevertheless, as we focus on Jesus we learn that even He had to overcome the evil one when at the start of His public ministry He chose to refuse Satan’s lures and temptations out of love and obedience to His Heavenly Father.
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