The Garden Serpent
7 February 2021 PM – Genesis 3 – Gen2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: The serpent in Genesis 3 was no ordinary serpent, but a serpent acted and assisted by the devil. In Revelation 12:9, we read, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Somehow, Satan worked in and through the serpent to tempt Eve. Satan is our enemy!
What are we to do? God does not tell us to fight the devil, but rather to resist him (Jas 4:7; 1Pe 5:8-9), to stand armed against him (Eph 6:10-18), and to overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Re 12:9-11).
Transition: This evening I want us to examine Satan’s Source, Subtlety, Success and Sentence that we might better resist and overcome him.
a. When did he originate?
1) Satan was originally an angel created by Christ. (Colossians 1:16) “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:“
2) God created millions of angels as his ministers. (Hebrews 12:22) “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,” (Daniel 7:10) “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.“
b. How did he become evil?
1) Two OT passages written about evil kings appear to have dual meanings describing Satan’s fall.
a) In Isaiah 14:12-14 we read, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” This can hardly be describing a mere human. Satan or Lucifer had evil ambitions of becoming God. He was ruined by pride, self-promotion and self-gain. Jesus said, (Luke 10:18) “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” He must have fell after God declared His creation to be perfect and before Genesis 3:1.
b) In Ezekiel 28:11-19, we find another description that cannot be just about an evil king. (Look up). From this, we learn that he was perfect in beauty (Eze 28:12), in the Garden of Eden (Eze 28:13), covered with precious stones (Eze 28:13), he was created musical (Eze 28:13), he was an anointed cherub (Eze 28:14), he walked in God’s presence (Eze 28:14), he was perfect until iniquity was found in him (Eze 28:15), and he became proud of his beauty (Eze 28:17).
2) In pride, Lucifer rebelled against God. God hates pride. (Proverbs 8:13) “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.“