In a back and forth discussion, the Pharisees stated that Abraham was their father, but Jesus hit them right between the eyes when He said, “You are of your father the devil [Satan], and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning…and the father of lies.”
Let’s put on our thinking caps for a moment:
Did God create a murderer and a liar when He created Satan?
You [Satan] were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:15)
God created Satan as a perfect spirit being that was obviously given a free will of sorts. He eventually used his freedom to sin.
Plus, who could Satan have murdered when he was first created? Not God or the other angels who were also eternal spirit beings. Man and other animals were not created as yet, leaving no one to murder at the time of Satan’s creation.
Thus, Jesus’ use of the words murderer from the beginning could not refer to when Satan was first created as a spirit being. But rather, it most likely referred to when the evil one sinned and became known as Satan. This probably happened sometime soon after Adam and Eve were created.
Jesus called Satan a murderer. Who did the evil one murder?
And the Lord God commanded Adam, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of 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.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
Without a gun, knife, or club, Satan murdered mankind by relying on God’s integrity to honor His word when he deceived Eve and caused Adam to rebel against God’s revealed word.
For your information: the deception by Satan did not negate Adam’s responsibility to obey God’s words because Romans 12:12 states that sin and death entered into the world through Adam and then spread to all men.
But still and all, we have to realize that the father of lies and the deceiver of mankind is a murderer.
(Continued in Part 8…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)