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"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" (Eph 2:2)
Satan is here called the "prince of the power of the air." The Lord Jesus referred to him as the "prince of this world" (Joh.12:31; Joh.14:30; Joh.16:11). Though evil, yet has he a royal dignity to not be taken lightly. For this reason, "...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 1:9). What then, do we make of some television evangelists who wax bold about how they will frankly give Satan a spiritual karate kick and put him in his place? Perhaps the poet said it well, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
Num 17:1-13 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of [their] fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. (3) And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod [shall be] for the head of the house of their fathers. (4) And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.
"We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:" (Pro 1:13-14)
(15) And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
(16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
(17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
"And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar." (Gen.8:20)
The face of the world had just been wiped clean by the Flood. Noah and his family here set foot in a world that was, in virtually every sense, completely unlike the one that had been overthrown. The topography, geography, biology and climate of earth had all been changed. Uncertainties abounded. How would they survive? What should they do first? But Noah was a man of faith (Heb.11:7). When every natural instinct of man would be to first build a home for shelter, Noah instead "builded an altar unto the LORD." Religion was his chief concern. Abram (Abraham), another man of faith, was of a similar heart. When God called him out of his home country of Ur to serve Him in strange new lands, Abram first built an altar unto the LORD (Gen.12:7-8).
"And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues" (MAR 3:9-10).