Summary: Too often we give the too much credit and too much power. This message’s purpose is to bring his ability into focus.
I want to talk about what I feel to be one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the Bible- 1 Peter 5:8
This scripture has been interpreted as a warning - be careful your going to get attacked.......WHEN IT WAS GIVEN FOR INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL!
Tonight we will find out what this scripture is saying to us!
1 Pet 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the , as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:(KJV)
"SOBER" from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary:
Marked by self-control; of sound moral judgment. A sober Christian denies himself worldly pleasures <Titus 2:12>. This allows him to be always alert, able to guard against ’s attacks <1 Pet. 5:8> and ready to receive the revelation of Christ <1 Pet. 1:13>.
Clark’s commentary: Avoid drunkeness of your senses, and drunkeness in your souls; be not overcharged with the concerns of the world
Webster’s: Temperate; not intoxicated; exercising cool reason; subdued
Webster’s - "Subdued": to bring under one’s power; to conquer; to bring under control; to reduce force or strength of; to soften
BE VIGILANT: Clark’s commentary - Awake and keep awake; be always watchful; never be off your guard.
Webster’s: Watchfull; alert;
Adversary: Websters - one who strives against us; an enemy
“As a roaring lion”.....”as a” NOT “is” (characteristics of a)
There is a perception of a lion that is not true that has given us a misconception of . We will explore that in a minute
“Seeking whom he may devour”..... He apparently cannot devour anyone he wants to because he is seeking someone whom can be devoured.
IF WE WERE TO REWRITE THIS SCRIPTURE IN MODERN ENGLISH IT WOULD SOUND SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
Do not allow your senses to get dulled and do not get burdended down as that will cause you not to pay attention. Be awake and alert at all times to ’s ods. Because he is your enemy and as a lion he looks for the weak, the weary, and the one not paying attention to attack to increase his chances of success.
TONIGHT I WILL SHOW YOU THAT HAS NO POWER!
Let me take you on a safari for just a few minutes:
Our impression of the lion:
à King of Animals
à Majestic in the animal kingom
à Powerful claws
à Crushing jaws
à fast and skillful
Even if all of this was true God has given us power over this mighty beast:
Samson vs Lion
David vs Lion
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.(KJV)
In studying the lion from books checked out of the library I have learned some very interesting things about the lion:
1. His hunt is more unsuccessful than successful
Þ It is not uncommon for the lion to go 5-7 days without eating
Þ A percentage of their food comes from animals that have already died by disease or drowning or old age
Þ Even during a hunt it is not uncommon to ge gored by the horns of a buffalo or have their jaws smashed by a kick of a zebra.
The animal kingdom has done something the christian community hasn’t yet figured out.....they have learned how best to react to each species of preditor.