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Where did the devil come from?

Today’s question revolves around the origin of the devil. Where did he come from? Let’s take a look at how evil found a home in the demonic angel called the devil.

Let’s start at the beginning—"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the statement that opens the Bible. Here at the beginning we find a Creator speaking all things into existence. We are not told about the creation of angels in the creation account in Genesis but we are told in Job 38:7 that they all sang as the Creator did His powerful and glorious work in bringing life to the earth and universe. God created all the angels as good and glorious creatures intended to serve and glorify Him. This description would also include Lucifer (the angel who would later become known as the devil) as a holy angelic servant of the Lord. You see, the Lord did not create Lucifer as an evil being. In fact, he occupied a privileged place of service before the Lord prior to his fall.

Ezekiel 28 says that Lucifer was a “covering cherub” that was “perfect in beauty” and established by God with an incredibly special and holy purpose; however, he also describes in that same chapter Lucifer’s fall as his “heart was lifted up” against God because of his beauty. Lucifer’s pride also included “violence within” and, according to Isaiah 14, a desire to usurp God in saying, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” We are not told how this sin was discovered or how it was expressed by Lucifer, but because God knows all things, we can gather that it was seen by God. Following the rebellion of Lucifer, the Lord God casts him out of heaven and he becomes the devil (meaning accuser) or satan (meaning adversary). Enter his first appearance in Scripture in the Garden of Eden embodied in the serpent deceiving Eve to disobey God.

So, what can we take away from the record of Lucifer’s fall in becoming the devil? Well, of the many applications we could make, the one that stands out to me is that no matter the beauty or the position—God calls us to humbly serve and glorify Him. Our lives are to reflect His image and redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. Lucifer is an epic example of how pride will destroy and corrupt completely. Oh, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s walk humbly with our God today!

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