Delivered Over to Satan to Learn
whom I have delivered over to Satan, that they may learn (1 Timothy 1:20).
When I began to see this in Scripture, I thought, “How many preachers or saints go on without this divine, supernatural, revelatory teaching on the judgment of the Lord in their lives?” I was hurt because I didn’t ever want to err like these teachers who preached false doctrines because they didn’t know the Word. The Lord was trying to prevent me from ultimately doing what they did. I wasn’t preaching anything horribly wrong that was compromising the faith of the Saints like Hymenaeus and Philetus, but He was trying to teach me the principle that led to this horrible mishap in their lives and ministry. They were delivered over to satan. I know that this statement sounds horrific to many people. The Lord said to me, “David, what you have to understand from the beginning of time, since man’s conception on earth, is that I have been delivering My premiere servants over to satan for different purposes.” This doctrine of delivering men over to satan didn’t just start in the New Testament with the apostles. I had only seen this revelation in Scripture when apostles delivered men over to satan for different reasons.
Paul delivered a man over to satan so that his flesh would be destroyed and his spirit saved (see 1 Cor. 5:5). He did this because the man would not repent of fornicating with his father’s wife. The point is that Jesus revealed to me that this ministry of delivering men over to satan didn’t start with his servants in the New Testament. They actually received this principle from God in the Old Testament. God has always used satan to accomplish His purposes, even when satan didn’t know He was being used.
Job Was Delivered Over to Satan to Test His Integrity
Then the Lord began to give me examples of this in the Old Testament. He said, “For example, take My servant Job. It was I who mentioned him to satan and who gave satan permission to touch Job and even for Job to be delivered into satan’s hands.”
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power (Job 1:12).
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand (Job 2:6).
The Bible tells us that God delivered Job over to satan because God was pleased with Job’s integrity, not because Job had done anything wrong.
Adam was delivered to satan after disobeying God’s command. The Garden of Eden protected Adam just like Job had been protected before, and when he was sent from the garden this protection was removed.
Adam Was Delivered Over to Satan After Being Put Out of the Garden
Wow! One man was delivered over to satan because he had obeyed God and lived with integrity, while another man was delivered over to satan for disobeying and displeasing God. The Bible says, “ death reigned from Adam to Moses ” (Rom. 5:14). This means that Adam was subjected to and delivered over to the reigning power of death the very moment he sinned. God’s sentence for Adam’s disobedience was death, and He used the prince-demon of death to fulfill this judgment.