Satan is the Hebrew word for 'adversary.' He is the fallen angel, the prince of the evil ones, the devil. He plays a prominent figure in the early chapters of the book of Job (Job 1:6-9). He is the evil one who opposes God, seeks to frustrate God's plans, tempts people to sin, and tries to destroy the people of God.

  • Seeks worship, Matt. 4:10-11, "and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ” 11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him."
  • Tempts, Mark 1:13, "And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him."
  • Hinders the Word of God, Mark 4:15, "These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them."
  • Can cause sickness, Luke 13:12, 16, "When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness... 16 “And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?"
  • Can possess people, Luke 22:3, "And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve."
  • Deceptive, 2 Cor. 11:14, "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."