The Origin of Evil

Today's Bible reading: Revelation 12:7-17

“And God saw everything that He had made … and behold – it was very good.”  This is the final, summary phrase at the end of the six day – the final day of creation.  God looks out over all that He had made and sees that it conforms to His intentions in the best possible way.  It was perfect – His plan begins with perfection. But the perfection of creation that we find so beautifully revealed in the first chapters of Genesis stands in stark contrast to what follows.  With the repeated refrain of: “And God saw that it was good” ringing in our ears, there's no way that we can begin to blame God when things go wrong.

But where does evil come from?  Where does it begin?  Evil begins with the evil one who is behind the serpent.  In our Bible reading for this morning we read: “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”  Satan first deceived Eve well disguised as a serpent.  He knows God's will, but doesn’t even quote God accurately: “Did God actually say ‘You shall not eat any tree in the garden ‘? "  This first temptation was and remains the temptation to doubt God's Word – even implying that God has selfish motivations for saying such a thing.  What God actually said was: “You may surely eat from every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  Satan is ever the deceiver … and distorts what God says … and leads Adam and Eve to doubt the goodness of God.  Disobedience thus begins with lack of faith and trust in God.

Prayer: We thank You, Lord god, for giving us the victory over the devil through your son, Jesus.  We draw from the protection You grant to us and all Christians during our spiritual warfare.  Amen.