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BEGINNINGS

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STORY FROM GENESIS 1–3, PSALM 8, JOB 38, ISAIAH 14, EZEKIEL 28, AND REVELATION 12

I’d like to tell you a story. This story is about a being called God, who has always existed. This story, found in the Bible, describes God as the creator of all things: the heavens and the earth and everything that is alive.

God is also described as the only one who always does what is good and right and perfect—the Bible uses the word “holy” to describe Him.

Do you know what God created first?


In the Bible, God asked a man named Job, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Who decided its size and shape? Who measured it? What was it set up on, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

 

 


The story begins like this. . . .


When God set the foundations of the earth, the angels were already there watching—the angels were created before everything else. When the angels saw God’s power and His ability to make many different things, they sang together and shouted for joy, giving glory to God!


There was one angel who was the most beautiful of all the angels. This angel was named Lucifer, which means “bright morning star.”


When Lucifer saw the other angels singing songs to God and shouting great things about God, he became jealous. He wanted them to do that for him instead of for God. He said in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars, and I will be like God.”


Then Lucifer went and convinced a third of the angels to follow him. Although Lucifer had seen God’s power in creation, he continued to lead the fallen angels, who are also called demons, in a rebellion against God.
 

All rebellion against God and His ways is called sin, but God knew what Lucifer was thinking and doing because He knows everything.


Because of God’s perfect goodness, evil is never allowed to remain in His presence. God showed His disapproval of Lucifer and his followers by casting them down to the earth. Lucifer’s name also changed; instead of being known as the bright morning star, he was now known as Satan, which means “adversary” (one who is against someone else)— and Satan is against God.


This is the story we call “Beginnings.”

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