Whoa!! Stop the music! How can Satan rule the earth when we all know that God rules the universe?
Because the Bible says he does.
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Haven’t you ever heard of Chain of Command?
When I was a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, at one time I was the Executive Officer of the Headquarters and Supply Company, 2nd Marine Combat Engineer Battalion. I was able to “rule” over 365 Marines, including even a Captain who was, technically, my superior in rank but still under my command because he was the Platoon Commander of one of the platoons in the company, and I ruled over the entire company.
Yet, the Company Commander ruled over me, and he was ruled by the Battalion Commander, who was ruled by the Division Commander, and so on, all the way up to the President of the United States.
Satan might rule the earth, but God rules the universe, which means he rules Satan. It’s simply a matter of chain of command.
So, nu? Where does it say that Satan rules the earth?
In Luke 4:5, when Yeshua was in the desert and Satan was tempting him, he showed Yeshua all the kingdoms of the earth, and told Yeshua that he (Satan) had been given them all and they were his to give to whomever he wanted to. That certainly sounds like he rules them, doesn’t it?
Later, in Luke 10:18, Yeshua confirms this when he told his disciples that he saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven (to the earth).
Shaul (Paul) confirms Satan’s rule of the earth in his letter to the Ephesians (Ephesians 2:2), when he told them they used to conform to the ways of the world and to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that causes disobedience in men. Clearly, that spirit is Satan.
The Tanakh also states that Satan is in the world: in the Book of Job, God asks Satan where he has been and he answers that he has been wandering here and there, throughout the world (Job 6:7). We are shown that Satan has authority in the world to come and go as he pleases. Even though God did control what Satan could do to Job, Satan had the power to do whatever he wanted to do, including to cause the death of people.
This is interesting: when he killed Job’s children (Job 1:18-19), he did so by sending a strong wind to destroy the house they were eating in; hmmm… maybe this is why Shaul calls him the ruler of the power of the air?
There you have it! Satan rules the earth, and that is why even though we are in the world we are not to be part of it, i.e., not to be ruled by the one that rules the world.
We are to be ruled by the one that rules the universe, who sent Yeshua the Messiah.
So, what’s today’s take-away? Don’t be concerned or afraid of the world or the one who rules it, because despite all the power he has, the one who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
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That’s it for this week, so l’hitraot and (an early) Shabbat Shalom!