1. Satan and his hosts will grovel in the dust or bite the dust when the believer exercises military might over them
We learnt in the previous post that God sentenced satan to eat the dust, an idiomatic expression that meant that satan was to grovel to humans,  lose to humans.  In other words, humans were to rule over satan:
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust H6083 shalt thou eat all the days of thy life
Then the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live (NLT) (Genesis 3: 14)
Adam and Eve permitted satan to win them in the Temptation in the Garden of Eden while our precious Lord Jesus showed us how to exercise authority over him. The scriptures illustrate that an enemy only bites the dust when military might is exercised against them. The exercise of authority causes the enemy to flee.
The  scriptures that illustrate the result of military might against one’s enemies.  For example, the Psalmist prophesied that King Solomon would exercise military might and dominion or rule over his enemies and that they would lick the dust:
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
 
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust H6083 (Psalm 72: 8 & 9).
Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, H6083 for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty  (Isaiah 2: 10)
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust H6083 of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me (Isaiah 49: 23)
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust H6083 shall be the serpent’s meat (Isaiah 65: 25)
2. When God told satan that he would eat dust all the days of his life, he meant that he put him in a position of inferiority to man
Further scriptural analogies show that someone who was at the level of dust was in an inferior position to another or downtrodden:
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, H6083 and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes (1 Samuel 2: 8)
Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, H6083 and made thee prince over my people (1 Kings 16: 2)
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, H6083 and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill (Psalm 113: 7)
For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust. H6083 (Isaiah 26: 5)
Shake thyself from the dust; H6083 arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion  (Isaiah 52: 2)
3.  God also meant that humans were to stamp out satan like the dust
God told satan that he would eat dust or bite dust all the days of his life. As we previously learnt, to bite the dust is to lose to another. God meant that satan would lose to humans. The scriptures paint a picture of spiritual warfare in which the saints would beat down the hosts of hell until they were like dust:
 Then did I beat them as small as the dust H6083 of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad  (2 Samuel 22: 43)
All of the human race did not understand their authority over the hosts of hell, but the writer of Psalm 149 certainly did.  His Prophetic words still serve as a source of strength and inspiration to me in times of  war.
More to come. Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.
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