The Reformed Baptist: Wednesday in the Third Week in Easter

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Revelation 9:1-12

There Is No Honor Among the Wicked

I believe the saying is, “There is no honor among thieves.”  The meaning is that if two thieves would steal from someone else, there is no reason why they would not steal from one another, if given the opportunity.  I have simply substituted the word “wicked” for “thieves” to fit the context.

In this passage, God finally begins to execute his wrath upon the wicked – not vegetation, not rivers, not seas, not fish, not stars – the wicked!  He sends an angel to unlock the bottomless pit to release the most hideous and frightful-looking demonic creatures in the Book of Revelation.  These are given their orders that they may harm only those people who have not the seal of God on their foreheads.  So we learn first of all that Satan and his demonic host do nothing without the divine approval of our God.  The devil is on God’s leash.  He is no “arch-god” or “anti-god.”  He is nothing opposite of the true God.  God has no opposite, no thing that can stand against Him as an equal.  Our God reigns on high.  He does as He pleases, and others do as He pleases as well, even the devil (Psalm 115:3; 135:6; Job 1-2).

But this is not to say that God is responsible for evil.  Those who do evil do so because of their evil desire and will.  When God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, Pharaoh was more than willing to be hardened; Judas was willing to betray his master; and we all are implicated in our Lord’s crucifixion as he gave his life for all, even though we only did what God had predestined to take place (Acts 4:28).  God manifests His glory when He uses the wicked to fulfill His inscrutable will.  But He protects His own.

But back to our title above, about there being no honor among the wicked.  Do you see whom these demons attack?  Yes, the wicked.  One might think that Satan and his minions would “act nice” to those on their side.  After all, these people are out there persecuting Christians, wreaking havoc on the Church, and destroying God’s world.  But no!  Satan is as treacherous with them as he is with anyone else.  He’ll sting his own servants with whatever physical or spiritual torments he can impose, and do so with glee.  Demons are friends to no one – not to us, and especially not to themselves.  Theirs is a world of terror, where there is no love, and never shall be.  It’s dog eat dog.  It’s a picture of hell itself.  The sad thing is that so many people think that by serving Satan, they serve themselves.  But they will just be tasty morsels for him and his demons.  Remember, Satan is a thief, a murderer, and a liar (John 8:44; 10:10).  There is no honor among the wicked.