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Discover the Book - May 8, 2009

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Where Did Satan Come From?

 

Above all the vast reaches of the cosmos, above all the swirling galaxies, shining stars and circling planets God made some special creatures, fashioned for His own service—the angels.  

And in this angelic host of the Almighty God in heaven, above the super-powerful archangels, above the fiery seraphim, and above the mighty cherubim, there was one angel that God chose to be the crown prince of them all. 

His name was Lucifer. He was designed as the star of the morning, made the leader of the host of heaven, set up as the guardian of the throne of God.  

Into Lucifer's hands was committed all that the Lord God had made and all of the angels that He had created. He was beautiful.  He was perfect.  But in his God-given beauty, his God-given perfection, and self-generated pride Lucifer first thought and then said, "I will be like the Most High God!” 

Where did Satan come from? That is the question that confronts us as we enter the next section in our overview of chapters 1-4 in the Gospel by Mark. 

As we open to Mark 1:12-13 we need to understand Satan

The temptation of Christ by Satan has many sides to study. We could focus on HOW Satan attacked Jesus and WHEN. Or we could look at WHAT Jesus responded and WHY.  

But our aim today to look at another facet—WHO was it that would even consider such an attack on the Son of God? WHO is Satan, and WHERE did Satan come from?  

Without the aid of God's Word we would never really know where the Universe came from, where Satan came from, and most of all where we are headed without God’ saving intervention. We need to listen to God, and trust His Word to know and understand reality. We come to a foundational truth of God's Word to consider this morning— 

God Says Satan is Real 

God's Word reveals to us: Satan is a real person, his pride was deadly poison, and the spiritual war he began against God includes us; and spiritual warfare the state we are in all the days of our earthly life. 

Mark 1:12-13 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. 

This morning, because of Satan’s fall and his luring mankind through Adam into sin—we are all fallen and proud.

  • We all have a life-long struggle with our internal independence against God, which is called pride.
  • We all have a life-long struggle with wanting to go our own way instead of God’s, which is called pride. 

Because of that shared struggle, it is important to pause to remember where pride originated. God’s Word describes for us the start of sin; and we find that the first sin came from pride. Unrighteousness was first found in Satan.  

Today Satan is YOUR adversary and mine. Pride is his sinful infection that has infected every human being except One, and that is Christ Jesus our Lord, our Savior, and our only hope. 

As Paul, James, and Peter warn us, we need to be aware of the plan of attack our adversary follows. We must prepare for battle, stay aware of our enemy and walk by faith in the Spirit. No one is exempt from attack by Satan, no matter how godly, how steeped in God's Word they may be. That is what a great pastor once learned. 

Late one night in 1521 in a massive stone room of Wartburg Castle, Martin Luther sat in the luminous ring of a flickering candle. Suddenly, Luther scooped up his inkwell and violently flung it at the wall. Satan was an adversary so present to Luther, that his translation of the God's Word into German was being disrupted.  

Likewise Satan wants to disrupt us from God's Word, from prayer, from ministry, and from worship. This morning is a call for each of us to resist Satan, humble ourselves, and receive God’s great grace! 

Luther’s resisting Satan that night almost 500 years ago was a real turning point in his ministry, and from that event flowed the words of the greatest song of he reformation A Mighty Fortress is our God 

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal  

And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro" us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.  

God Says Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth 

Satan is alive and well on planet earth today. As Prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), his silent army of demon invaders swirl through the air. Around us lurk those infernal warriors of the Kingdom of Darkness. These are not science fiction aliens. Rather as super strong extra-terrestrial intelligent beings their aim is clear. Their shocking strategy is so powerful, normal humans would pale if aware of it. These twisted demon hordes as deadly as a terrorist's bomb, are locked on course. Their target is the human mind, the control center of every human being on the planet.  

Like hideous locusts they feed on the filth of spiritual wickedness. They find resistance only from those armed with the armor of God, clothed with the Spirit of God, and disciplined as soldiers of God in the kingdom of light. This morning we are enemies to Satan and his hosts. To even speak of this dark world of evil, invites great and inexplicable difficulties. As this truth from God’s Word is taught you may experience strange and powerful turmoil.  

Our faith in Christ assures us though that we are "more than conquerors through Christ.” As we enter the realm of spiritual warfare, let's pray for peace. As we learn and grow today, we will find Satan is a defeated foe, a weakened adversary, and crushed enemy. We have the victory.  

God Explains Satan’s Origin and Nature 

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