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The Principle of Power

We started this Devil Conversation off saying that God was all knowing and all powerful and the creator of the universe who rules the world today.

Exodus 20:2-3 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 You must have no other gods before me.

Yahweh, is a singular God, the Hebrews are monotheistic. Meaning they have no pantheon of this god and that god, for them, there is only one God – and He over sees all things.

Deuteronomy 6:4 Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the Lord!

Other cultures may attribute the weather to one god, the realm of the dead to another god, harvest and sex to another god, but the Hebrews don’t have those stories. For a Hebrew, the answer to every test question is Yahweh. Who controls nature? Who controls the harvest? God. There is only one.

So, a theological question: if everything comes from one God, one supreme power. Then, where does darkness come from? Where does disaster come from?

The prophet Amos 3:6 writes If disaster falls on a city, is it the Lord who has done it?

The prophet Isaiah 45:6-7 writes: I am the Lord; there’s no other.7 I form light and create darkness, make prosperity and create doom; I am the Lord, who does all these things.

For a Hebrew, you worship one God who is the source and provision of all things and that includes…. darkness. Yahweh alone is the source of all blessings and curses, rewards and punishments.

1 Samuel 16:14 Now the Lord’s spirit had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the  Lord  tormented him

Have you ever noticed that before?

Where does the demon come from?


You see, for a monotheists there is no Good God vs. bad god. There is no yin and yang There is no 50/50 split of light and dark features. Because as soon as you give darkness power, what you are doing is taking it away from God. If darkness has power then God isn’t all powerful.

Yahweh is the creator of all things and he is ruler all things.

Any power or authority you give the devil, is power and authority you are taking away from God. However big or powerful your idea of the devil is… that means your God is that much ….smaller.

As soon as you give the Devil control over something, you take control away from God. Are all things in God’s hands? Does God over see and control all of his creation? Because as soon as you say the Devil controls this or that… what you are doing in your theology is removing God from having all control.

Your idea of God becomes weaker.

Your picture of God becomes reduced.

I’m not saying the devil doesn’t exist or that he isn’t scary, but what I am saying is that he is small, that he is weak and that like everything else in creation he is controlled by God. He has to be, otherwise God doesn’t control all things.

NEXT: The Devil in the details

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