In light of the previous article that I wrote I thought that it would be helpful to point out a few more truths found in the Bible that relate to Satan.
You might ask why I am giving the theme of evil so much attention from the outset of this series. Simple- It’s everywhere! Yet many people today observe the evil but fail to recognize its source. George Barna, a Christian statistician, made this finding in 2001 “We live in a time when almost three out of five adults do not believe Satan is a living being but only a symbol of evil.” (George Barna Research 2001). You can package Satan into a neat little box in your mind and attribute all of the evil in this world to the purely physical realm or you can acknowledge that there is more to it than meets the eyes. What does the Bible teach about him?
He was created by God and named Lucifer by His creator which means ‘light bearer’ or ‘morning star’. Lucifer is also the Latin name for Venus. Venus is the brightest object in the sky apart from the sun and moon. It is the second planet from the sun and can be seen in the early evening and in the morning. It is called the morning star because of its visibility at those times. Just as Venus has prominence in the sky, Lucifer had prominence among God’s created angels. From the Bible we can establish that Lucifer was prominent in:
- His beauty- He was a glorious cherub in heaven (Ezekiel 28:12b-13; Isaiah 14:12).
- His role- He was the protector of God’s holiness in worship (Ezekiel 28:14).
- His nature- He was Created without sin (Ezekiel 12:15).
So how did he go from being a rising star to a fallen star? How did he go from serving in God’s presence to becoming God’s enemy? The answer is PRIDE! Ezekiel 28:17 speaks directly about the judgement of the king of Tyre but provides us with a typology of Satan’s fall “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.” Lucifer desired to place himself above God. The angelic cherub responsible for protecting the glory of God wanted to promote himself above God’s glory. In other words he wanted to take God’s place (Isaiah 14:13-14). As a result of his sin in heaven, God removed him from His presence and cast him to the earth. Since that day he has become the Devil which means ‘slanderer or liar’. Listen to what Jesus said about him when he confronted the hypocrisy of the Jewish religious leaders of his day “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44).
Friends have you ever wondered why the Devil is often depicted in movies or drawings as a horned creature in a red suit with a pointed tail and a pitchfork in his hand? This representation comes from medieval times. He was made to look like a clown or a comedian. He was presented as a buffoon to clearly portray how foolish he had been to rebel against God. This analogy is correct but incomplete in many ways. Though he was foolish to disobey God, he is not stupid! He has been around far longer than any of us have and he has been studying mankind ever since God created Adam and Eve. He knows the nature and ways of us all and he is constantly at work.
Knowing that he is a liar will you believe his lie that he does not exist? If you have already dismissed his existence you might not realize that he already has you right where he wants you! But if you recognize his existence through the evil that you observe around you and you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, then know that you have a target on your back that will not go unnoticed by him!