“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” — 1 Peter 5:8
This is a biblical mugshot of the roaring lion, aka Satan, the devil, a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies (Matthew 4:10, 13:39; John 8:44). Take a long look at this picture and memorize his features. No doubt you will need it for these trying times ahead.
The infamous history of the roaring lion is extensive. He has been a prowler since the beginning of his prolific career. According to one of the earliest records, he is known to be constantly “roaming through the earth, walking to and fro,” searching into the works of the children of men in order to destroy them (Job 1:7). He is, in this capacity, a type of spy or informant against humanity for the purpose of indictment.
The forensic profile of the roaring lion made by our agent in the field, the apostle Peter, describes the assailant as an “adversary,” which from a legal understanding describes an “opponent of the court.” Thus, the roaring lion often impersonates a prosecuting attorney standing in the plaintiff’s place to accuse God’s people of their crimes before the Judge’s bar. As testified by John Gill, “Satan accuses men of the breach of the law, and pleads that justice might take place, and punishment be inflicted, and which he pursues with great violence and diligence as a roaring lion.”
This lines up with earlier reports as recorded in Zechariah 3:1 and Job 1:6 where this adversary was known to harass, mock, and hurl accusations against individuals to undermine their standing before the Court and the world. According to these eyewitnesses, he is “the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God, day and night” (Revelation 12:10).