April 11

2 Kings 1-3, Psalm 101

If you want to end a conversation quickly simply bring up the topic of demons or Satan as factual and the other person will either roll their eyes or walk away. Though people are intrigued with the demonic realm with TV shows like “Lucifer”, and movies like “Twilight”, most like to relegate it to fantasy. This is exactly what Satan and the demonic horde want, to minimize their reality and not take them seriously. But real they are. In fact, to deny this would require one to erase much of the Bible. Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Though Hollywood makes these entities: lovable, funny, etc, read Peter’s warning in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

As we continue to read of one king after another and the majority of the Jewish people at this time worshipping idols, it is easy to mistakenly consider them to be simply inanimate objects. But we read of King Ahaziah after being injured in 2 Kings 1:2, seeking the advice of Baal-Zebub, this false god which is called Beelzebub in the New Testament is used as a name for Satan (Matthew 10:25, 12:24-30). We read God’s response in 2 Kings 1:3-4, “But the Angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Now therefore, thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die”. We read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:20, “Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” This connection of idols to demons was also written in the Torah in Deuteronomy 32:16-17, “They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger. They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your father’s did not fear.” This shouldn’t surprise us, since Satan desires worship as we see when Jesus is tempted in the desert ( Matthew 4:9).

We live in a world with a multitude of religions. Many, such as Hinduism worship a multitude of gods. Islam worships Allah which is not our God. Any religion that worships anything other than the One True God, though this would not sound popular, is not worshipping another God, but as Scripture states is really worshipping demons. To the world this sounds narrow-minded and intolerant. But we must decide if we are more concerned with our popularity in the world or our willingness to stand on the side of God, though this may be unpopular. When you realize the eventual outcome of anyone who does not worship the One True God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, how can we remain silent. When we realize this it should move us to introduce them to our God, the only one with power to save.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato