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The Devil, Called Satan, Unveiled

10 May

This study is the fourth in a series beginning with The Invincible, Omnipresent Satan. In them we have found no reason to believe Satan is an angel or an archangel. We have looked at him as the Serpent of Eden, but found he is not as powerful as tradition would have us believe. In the present study, we shall look at him as he is called the Devil.

Satan is referred to as the Devil or as his name is defined, the slanderer. He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Scripture often connects certain men with the devil or the accuser of God’s people. Paul called Elymas the sorcerer, a child of the devil (Acts 13:3-10). Jesus said that the one who would betray him is a devil, someone who slanders or falsely accused him, turning him over to those who desired his life (John 6:70-71; cp. John 13:2). He also claimed that the religious leaders who would not receive him were children of the devil (John 8:44). Moreover, Jesus said that all those who claim to be Christian are not necessarily so. Though they dwell among his people claiming his name, they are really the children of the devil. They bring slander and accusation upon Christ and his Body, the Church (Matthew 13:24-25, 37-39; cp. Revelation 2:9; 3:9; 2Peter 2:2)

In John 8:44; Jesus says that his accusers were children of the devil. Notice that Jesus says that the devil lusts! What does he lust after? What does he desire to do? Well, here he is described as desiring to murder. Why do people murder? They murder over jealousy, hatred, envy, fear, greed, anger and the like. Jesus also says that the devil was a liar from the beginning. Why do people lie? People lie because they are afraid of someone or something. They lie just to be different, or because they despise the truth. They lie to get something they desire but to which they have no right. They even lie for the fun of it or for glory. If one would read Galatians 5:19-21, one would see that all these things are the works of the flesh, which war or battle against the works of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). If Satan, the devil, is not an archangel or even an angel, who can he be? If his desires are according to the lusts of sinful flesh, could he be anything but flesh? I know that this may be difficult for some to believe. However, by what authority can anyone claim that Satan is anything but a man? Where is the Biblical proof that he had ever been a spirit being on the level of an angel or archangel? If Satan is indeed a man, and was given great authority by God over his creation, then Satan could be none other than Adam!

Before rejecting this viewpoint, consider this thought a bit further. Remember Adam veiled his sin (Job 31:33). Most people believe that Eve sinned first, but that is not what Scripture says. God says that sin entered our world through Adam (Romans 5:12). The question is, if Eve gave the fruit to Adam after she ate of it, and he ate after she did (Genesis 3:6), how could sin enter into the world through Adam (Romans 5:12)? Remember, if Genesis 3:6 tells the whole story, then sin would have had to enter our world through Eve! The Scripture shows that Adam was with Eve throughout the proceedings (Genesis 3:6). Had there really been a third party, Adam could have contradicted what was said at any time, but he didn’t!

All of creation was affected by Adam’s sin. Death entered our race because of sin. Men prey upon animals, and animals fear man. Once, while I was driving on a country road with my family, we saw a small herd of deer near the edge of the road. We slowed to a stop, and I watched the buck and his doe. He moved his head and two doe went across the road, but the buck didn’t sense that it was safe. He turned and with him the other three or four doe who remained on that side of the road and scampered off into the wooded area. The two doe that crossed the road went off the other way and presumably waited for the buck and the rest of the herd to follow later. My point in telling this story is this: I perceive Adam’s sin is portrayed in the buck’s behavior. He would not risk the danger of the road, but was willing to place the lives of two doe in danger! Adam, personified as the serpent, lied to his wife and murdered her (cp. John 8:44), by convincing her that she would become like God, if she ate of the forbidden fruit. When he saw that she did not immediately die, then and only then did Adam take the risk and eat as well. He was responsible for it all, but hid his crime (Job 31:33; cp. Genesis 3:12), suggesting in his reply that God was ultimately to blame for giving him the woman. The slanderer veils his sin by accusing everyone else and excusing himself! But isn’t it wonderful that God never passes the buck. He accepted the blame when Adam accused him in Eden, and in the fullness of time Jesus came and died—taking the blame for it all upon himself, accepting the slander of the Serpent, the Devil, called Satan.

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2 responses to “The Devil, Called Satan, Unveiled

  1. Ed Bromfield

    August 26, 2012 at 13:39

    Patrick, hello and welcome to my blog, I appreciate your reading and your comment.

    The word/name “Lucifer is found only in Isaiah 14:12, but I believe you are referring to Ezekiel 28:12 where this being is “perfect in beauty” and was the “anointed cherub the covered (something) in verse 14. In Exodus 25:17-20 we have two cherubim whose wings cover the Mercy Seat in the Tabernacle, which is the place where God was supposed to dwell. So, if this is the meaning of Ezekiel 28:14, then the being (presuming Isaiah and Ezekiel speak of one and the same being), called Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12 and the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:12, covered the Throne of God. In Ezekiel 28:17 the heart of this being was lifted up because of his beauty and because of this, his wisdom became corrupt.

    If you wish to understand my take on Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 you may read my blog-post “The Subtlety of Adam”. But, concerning Ezekiel 28: 14 and 16 where this being is called a cherub, there are a few other things to think about. First of all, what is a “cherub”? The text doesn’t say—does it? Cherubim seem to be spirit beings, and if I understand the Scriptures properly, they have the face of an ox (compare Ezekiel 10:14 & Revelation 4:7). They also have what appears to be hands like that of men (Ezekiel 10:8), and of course they have wings. Are they akin to angels or are they beings of a class by themselves? Whatever they may be, concerning Ezekiel 28:14, there is a problem with the text in Hebrew. The pronoun “you” in the clause “you are the anointed cherub” is feminine, but elsewhere the ruler of Tyre is referred to in the masculine gender. It is thought that this is a corruption in the text and should actually be written as the preposition “with” as is the case in the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament that the early Church used so often. It appears as:

    Ezekiel 28:14 LXX (14) From the day that you were created you were with the cherub; I set you on the holy mount of God; you were in the midst of the stones of fire.

    Compare this with one of our more modern translations:

    Ezekiel 28:14 NET. I placed you there with an anointed guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked about amidst fiery stones. [emphasis mine in both translations]

    I don’t think we can or should build a doctrine such as Satan – thought to be an evil being created by God perfect in the beginning, but, corrupting himself, he led mankind astray – upon a single text that is obscure and questionable as to how it should be translated. Just my opinion! :-)

     
  2. Patrick

    August 26, 2012 at 08:55

    Ed,

    Isn’t there a text that states Lucifer was a guardian of Yahweh’s throne originally? The most beautiful of creation? Maybe in Ezekiel?

     

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