Two 6 year olds struggled with the problem of the existence of the devil. One boy said, “Oh, there isn’t any devil.” The other, rather upset, said, “What do you mean, there isn’t any devil? It talks about him all the way through the Bible!” the first replied, “Oh that’s not true, you know. It’s just like Santa Clause, the devil turns out to be your dad.” (G. Lewis, Demon Possession).
Many people put the devil in the same category as Santa Clause—just a mythical creature of our imagination. But the same Bible that tells us about a real God tells us about a real devil. Since he is real and he is our enemy Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “To keep Satan from taking advantage of us; we are not to be ignorant of his devices.”
In today’s study in 1 Samuel 11, we will learn about Satan’s devices through the character Nahash, the king of the Ammonites. His name means serpent and he serves as a type of Satan, and so his methods mirror those of the devil. Also, by observing the Israelite’s strat-egy for defeating Nahash we can learn how through Christ we can have victory over Satan.