Lucifer was created the angel of all angels and had obviously been wandering around in the garden for some time before devising his diabolical plan to corrupt the humans.
Ezekiel 28:13-15 (KJV) “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
My supposition is that when Satan realized God was going to make a new creature in His own image…man…and that man would eventually be placed over the angels, Satan totally lost it. This appears to be when Satan fell. This is when his pride took total possession of him and where he drove himself into rebellion against God – devising his planned to destroy God’s new creation by turning man against his Creator.
Here is how we come to Genesis chapter 3 where Satan appeals to the lust of the natural man and where the story of our depravity begins. This is where man’s insubordinate questioning of God begins.
Language is difficult. An expression that means one thing to the person speaking is often taken another way by the one listening. In Scripture, careful attention must be given to CONTEXT. Comparing Scripture with Scripture usually reveals the intended meaning of a confusing term or expression. Confusion of thought and conflicting exegesis have arisen from taking literally what is expressed by figures language, or from taking figuratively what is intended to be literal. A Figure of speech is never used except for the purpose of calling attention to, emphasizing, and intensifying, the reality of the literal sense, and the truth of the historical facts; so that, while the words employed may not be so strictly true to the letter, they are all the more true to the truth conveyed by them, and to the historical events connected with them (Context).
In Genesis 3 we have neither allegory, myth, legend, nor fable, but literal historical facts set forth, and emphasized by the use of certain Figures of speech.
Reading Genesis 3:14 and 15,
Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV) “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
No one would have thought this passage would be referring to a snake any more than when reading the third chapter from the end of Revelation,
Revelation 20:2 (KJV) “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”
The explanation added there, that the “old serpent” is the Devil and Satan, would immediately lead one to connect the word “old” with the earlier and former mention of the serpent in Genesis 3. The fact that it was Satan himself who tempted “the second man,” “the last Adam,” would force the conclusion that no one other than the personal Satan could have been the tempter of “the first man, Adam.”
Now, it gets a slight bit confusing. When we look up the meaning serpent, it is Strong’s No. H5175, Used as a noun נָחָשׁ nāḥāš: A masculine noun meaning snake. It is used to refer to an actual serpent (Ex. 4:3; Num. 21:6; Deut. 8:15; Eccl. 10:8; Amos 5:19); or an image of one (Num. 21:9), but it is also used figuratively. Some of these symbolic uses include the tempter (Gen. 3:1, 2, 4, 13, 14); the tribe of Dan (Gen. 49:17); wicked rulers (Ps. 58:4,5); and enemies (Isa. 14:29; Jer. 8:17; 46:22).
The very same word: 5172, Used as a verb נָחַשׁ nachash (nâchash) a primitive root; properly, to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; generally, to prognosticate:—× certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) × enchantment, learn by experience, × indeed, diligently observe. Ge 30:27; Ge 44:5,15; Le 19:26; De 18:10; 1Ki 20:33; 2Ki 17:17; 2Ki 21:6; 2Ch 33:6.
Genesis 3 teaches us that Satan’s sphere of influence is in religion, not in crime and immorality. His battlefield is not man’s sins arising from depravity but the unbelief of the human heart. Satan is perfectly content with sinners. What he is attempting to destroy is Faith in the Creator. We will find him in the pulpits of our churches, in professors’ chairs. He is in the classroom and in religious institutions spewing his vile hatred for God and humanity.
*Source material: King James Bible; Mounce”s Complete Expository Dictionary; Companion Bible (Bullinger); Strong’s Concordance
The Serpent-A Shining One—CONTINUES in Part 2
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