Origins of Satan – Part 1
Ironically, writers of the Bible give us much more information on the origin of Satan than they give us on angels. Since Satan himself is an angel, we learn about creation of the other angels by examining Scriptural evidence concerning the creation of Satan.
We begin our look backward to the origin of Satan by looking forward to a baffling exchange between Jesus and Satan taking place in the wilderness shortly after John the Baptist baptized Christ in the Jordan River:
“Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing at all that time and became very hungry.
Then the devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.’
But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, People do not live by bread alone.
Then the devil took Him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. ‘I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,’ the devil said, ‘because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.’
Jesus replied, ‘The Scriptures say, You must worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’
Jesus responded, ‘The Scriptures say, You must not test the Lord your God.’
When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left Him until the next opportunity came.” (Luke 4: 1-13).
Strange things going on here.
First of all, notice that Satan began his temptations of Christ the exact same way he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden: through the primal instinct of hunger. With Eve, it was the fruit, pleasing to the eye and tempting to eat. Here, Satan begins his onslaught of temptations with the vision of bread, again, pleasing to the eye when one is hungry.
However, that is not the most interesting aspect of the temptations. When the devil offers the glory of the kingdoms and authority over them, Christ did not challenge the devil’s authority to offer them up. In other words, Jesus completely recognized Satan’s power at that point in time. Satan is the power behind the kingdoms of the world. He is “the prince of this world,” (John 12:31) and “prince of the power of the sea.” (Ephesians 2:2).
Now we go back and examine Satan’s work through the serpent in Eden. We’re all familiar with the story; the serpent tempts Eve to eat fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge of Good and Evil. At this point, Satan obviously has already fallen and is already attempting to thwart God’s plan on earth. He appears in the Garden as the serpent, a creature Eve must have known and spoken with before. She certainly shows no fear towards the serpent and carries on a conversation with him.
Key here is that Satan had already fallen, so we’ll use this as a jumping-off point to continue discussion in the next post.