How we Traffic With the Devil

There bee two ways whereby we may have traffic[1] with the Devil, either of both will serve his turn: first, homage: secondly, sevice of the body;[2] and both these doth God require, even when we are in the dark, or in our chamber, Ezech. cha. 8. vers. 12.[3]

Indeed might the Devil say,

This mountain is very open[4]: but how say you?[5] will you be content closely in a corner to worship me?[6] If you will not wear my cognizance on your forehead, yet ye may take my mark in your hand; then shutting your hand, nobody can perceive it[7]. If ye will not take the mark, yet take the number of the Beast.s name, that is, six hundred threescore and six, Apocalip. chapt. 13. vers. 17. 18[8]. Will you do none of these? What then? Will you serve me? Rom. chapt. 16. vers. 18[9]. Thus ye see how glorious terms he uses, but if one should seem to do one of these on courtesy, he will not be content till he do it of duty.[10]

What is it to Worship

Now let us see first what it is to worship. It is that which Cornelius did to Peter, he met him, fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. Act. 10. 25.[11] And that which John did to the Angell: that is, he fell down before his feet to worship him, Apocalips. 19. 10.[12] It is, when one on the knees doth a bodily worship. I will show it you in David’s words: for I cannot tell it ye better. When Michel scoffed at David, for being bare-headed before the ark, he said I will be more vile than thus, and will be low in mine owne sight, 2, Sa. 6. 22.[13]

A man can never be too reverent to God: we think it a great disgrace and debasing of ourselves, if we use any bodily worship to God. It may be said to then, as it was to him, that feared to do too much reverence to Caesar, Hic Caesarem[14]. Our Religion & Cultus[15] must be uncovered, and a bare-faced religion: we would not use to come before a mean prince[16], as we do before the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, even the God of heaven and earth.

The four and twenty Elders fell down before him that sat on the Throne, and worshipped him that lives forever, and cast their crowns before his Throne[17].

The wandering eye must learn to be fastened on him, Luk. ch. 4. ver. 20,[18] and the work of justice and peace, Es. chapt. 32. vers. 17.[19] the worship of the knees to bow, Ephes. chapt. 3. ver. 14[20]. and kneel before the Lord their Maker, Psalme. 95. verse. 6.[21] Out feet are to come before his face: for the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all Gods, Psalm. 95. vers. 2. and 3[22]. Jacob, though he were not able to stand or kneel yet (because he would use some corporal service) leaned upon his staff, and worshipped God, as appears in the nine & fortieth chapter of Genesis the three and thirtieth verse, and the eleventh to the Hebrues, the one and twentieth verse.[23]

This must be done as duty due unto God, and in regard of those that be strangers.

What it is to Serve

Secondly, What it is to serve.

This is to bow the soul as the other is to bow the body. For[24] the King to serve and speak kindly to the people, that they may serve him forever after, 1. King. 12. 7[25]. is not the service he means, not to do all that the king commands, 2. Sam. chapt. 15. vers. 15.[26] For God must be above all: and of whomsoever a man is overcome, to him he is in bondage. 2. Pet. cha. 2. ver. 19.[27] We must serve God with our sacrifices, but not with our sins, nor wear him with our iniquities Es. chapt. 43▪ vers. 23[28]. We may not make a dung-cart of him, to load him with our sin and filth[29], Amos chapter second, verse thirteen[30]: and when he comes again, to have as much more for him.

[1] Traffic means business or interaction. We use this word at present only for negative or illegal commerce, drug trafficking, sex trafficking. That connotation is useful here.

[2] There are two forms of service to the Devil, homage: paying honor to the Devil. Service: performing actions which are of use to him. Our subjective existence, our internal life; and our objective existence, what can be seen are both of use to him.

[3]  “Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in his room of pictures? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.’” Ezekiel 8:12 (ESV)  God knows what is done in private as well as public. Moreover, our private life is to be dedicated to God as is our public.

[4] There are many ways you can be of service to me.

[5] What do you say?

[6] Are you willing to worship me in private?

[7] If you don’t want to wear my mark on your forehead, where everyone will see it; I will be satisfied if you put on your hand where no one will notice.

[8] If you don’t want to wear my name, at least where my number, 666.  

16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

Revelation 13:16–18 (ESV)


17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Romans 16:17–18 (ESV)

[10] The Devil will obtain his service from one willingly; but if not willingly, he will compel his service. The life of addiction may be seen as a vivid example. At first, the behavior is willingly. Then, when it becomes settled, it is compelled and demanded even while the addict wishes to stop.


24 And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”

Acts 10:24–26 (ESV)


And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19:9–10 (ESV)


20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

2 Samuel 6:20–23 (ESV)

[14] Latin, the sentence is incomplete: This …. Caesar, here Caesar.

[15] The “cultus” refers to the activities which are particularly performed in worship in church: praying, singing, Lord’s Supper, baptism, preaching.

[16] Here “mean” does not mean cruel, it means lowly or unimportant.


From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

                                    “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

                  11               “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

                                    for you created all things,

and by your will they existed and were created.”

Revelation 4:5–11 (ESV)

[18] He takes an illustration of Jesus preaching in the synagogue. When Jesus finished his words, the people in the room were transfixed upon him:

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

Luke 4:20 (ESV)

[19] The work of the Spirit is to create justice:

                  14               For the palace is forsaken,

the populous city deserted;

                                    the hill and the watchtower

will become dens forever,

                                    a joy of wild donkeys,

a pasture of flocks;

                  15               until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,

and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,

and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.

                  16               Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,

and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.

                  17               And the effect of righteousness will be peace,

and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

                  18               My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,

in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Isaiah 32:14–18 (ESV)

[20]  “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father.” Ephesians 3:14 (ESV)


                                  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Psalm 95:6 (ESV)


Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

                                  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

                                  For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

Psalm 95:1–3 (ESV)

21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.  Heb. 11:21. This is described in Genesis 49.

[24] Andrewes takes two illustration of the nature of the relationship between the king and his subjects. In one, the people demanded the King treat them well. In the second, the servants do whatever is commanded. The service the Devil seeks utter subservience.

[25] When Solomon’s son became King, the people asked for a reduction of the taxes and forced labor of Solomon.

He said to them, “Go away for three days, then come again to me.” So the people went away.

Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.”

1 Kings 12:5–7 (ESV)  He chose to threaten the people and so lost the kingdom.


13 And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” 14 Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” 15 And the king’s servants said to the king, “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king decides.” 16 So the king went out, and all his household after him. And the king left ten concubines to keep the house. 17 And the king went out, and all the people after him. And they halted at the last house.

2 Samuel 15:13–17 (ESV)

[27] Whatever controls your decisions controls you:  “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”  2 Peter 2:19 (ESV)

[28] Isaiah 43:23 (ESV)

                  23               You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,

or honored me with your sacrifices.

                                    I have not burdened you with offerings,

or wearied you with frankincense.

[29] This is a remarkable image: you God, carry off my filth. As if God were a dumpster service.


“Behold, I will press you down in your place,

as a cart full of sheaves presses down.”

Amos 2:13 (ESV)