“God Most High”
And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
This scripture is referring to the dissension of Jesus into hell immediately after His death on the cross. But did you know Jesus had the victory before He went to the depths of Hell?
In the book of Mark Jesus said this:
But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder
his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed He
may plunder his house.
How bold is this? You know that the enemy was listening to every
word Jesus was saying, time to go lift some weights Satan! Jesus is
coming into your house to plunder your goods.
Years ago I realized that the New Testament is a mirror of the
Old Testament. The Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament
was a reflection of God speaking from Mount Sinai, Jesus fasting
forty days was a reflection of Moses fasting on the mountain top
for forty days. Notice that the last temptation of Jesus’s fast ended
on top of a very high mountain.
Satan is always trying to ascend.
You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars
of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of
assembly in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself
like the Most High.'
But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
While Satan is trying to ascend, God has always been the one to descend, bringing Himself down to mankind in order to lift us up, then going to the very depths of hell to save us. When Godly people died before Jesus came they went to hell too, but they went to a place called Paradise. This was also called Abraham’s Bosom. The sacrifices of animals were like placing your sins on a credit card before God, and Jesus came and paid a price we could not pay. It was a very large debt but the blood of Jesus is worth so much more, having your sins paid in full; Priceless.
In the book of Joshua, we have a very interesting piece of history. Five kings attacked a city called Gibeon because they had made a covenant of Peace with Israel, (some things just never change.) Needless to say Joshua and Israel prevailed.
Here’s what happened at the end of the battle:
And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, "Come near; put your feet on the necks of these kings." Then they came near and put their feet on their necks.
Hallelujah! Now I believe this is what Jesus did in His open display of Satan! All the hordes of Hell witnessed Jesus and all the Saints walk out of Abraham’s bosom and everyone got their turn to step on Satan’s neck! God knows how to triumph in victory!
Next time you feel down because it feels like the devil is walking all over you, remember this:
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
He is: “El Elyon”
“God Most High”