Word for Wednesday

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said ‘the Lord rebuke thee’. Jude 9

Michael’s title indicates that he holds an uppermost rank among the angelic beings, a sphere that we know little about. God did not send ‘regular’ angels to conduct Moses’ funeral and burial, He sent the most senior in rank from among them. That speaks volumes regarding God’s opinion of Moses, even of his body.

But let us not forget that Michael, in confronting Satan, was facing one who had held a position higher than himself. Satan was the greatest of the angelic creation. His power and capabilities, even at this point, may well have exceeded Michael’s. And so, we find Michael exercising restraint, and referring to God’s judgment against Satan. So too we should recognize Satan’s power and craft, against which we are no match.

But why did Satan want Moses’ body? Here’s a suggestion… Satan knew that if he could present that body to the children of Israel, they would revere it, in time come to worship it; worship and reverence that belong to the Lord alone. Satan could use that body to rob God of what is His by right. It could certainly happen; look how the leaders of the false religions such as Mohammedanism have been worshipped by their followers.

What is Satan trying to get you to worship today? Let the Lord rebuke him, and reserve your worship for the One who rightfully and lovingly deserves it. -Jim MacIntosh

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