The Devil’s Forgotten Name

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"While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men [son’s of Belial] of the city surrounded the house." – Judges 19:22

"Now the sons of Eli were evil men [sons of Belial] who didn’t love the Lord." – 1 Samuel 2:12

"What are worthless and wicked people [son’s of Belial] like? They are constant liars." – Proverbs 6:12

"And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn’t believe [a son of Belial]?" – 2 Corinthians 6:15

Say the word “devil,” and almost everyone conjures up an image of a gruesome red-faced demon with horns, a tail and a pitchfork. But how biblically accurate is this conventional monster character? If we look closely at Scripture, we find an image of the devil which is quite different and far more relevant to our everyday lives…

In his Second Letter to the Corinthians, Paul argues that Christians should entirely separate themselves from non-believers for the sake of their own spiritual well-being. These two groups are as incompatible as righteousness and wickedness, light and darkness, Christ and Belial. You may be wondering: who is Belial? This is one of the less familiar titles of the devil found in the Bible, alongside the more famous Satan, Lucifer, and Tempter.

What does Belial mean?

Although Paul’s letter is the only place “Belial” is found in the New Testament, it is widely used in the Hebrew Scriptures. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that the name Belial is originally Hebrew. It comes from two words: Beli בלי “without” and Ya’al יעל “value”. Originally the term “son of Belial” referred to a wicked person with no redeeming features, [without value], such as an idol worshipper who tempts you to deny the One True God (Deut. 13:13).

This name teaches us that Satan is not always the infernal demon with a pitchfork we imagine. He can manifest himself in subtler ways, by simply urging us to live worthlessly. Being a Son of Belial is to be slothful, passive, or wasting time consuming trivialities. Dan Livni, teacher of Biblical Hebrew

Heavenly and Gracious ALMIGHTY Father! Yes! Lord the Creator-Alpha N Omega, who in His infinite wisdom and mercies calms the storms, seas, and winds…who can be compared to you our only one true God! How can we not have faith and trust in you who moves and have your being within us, who can we turn to, you are the one with the words of Spirit, truth and life…We may not fully comprehend or understand the completeness of Your will at the moment with everything happening in this world, but one thing is for sure, you encouraged us that there was nothing to be afraid of, for you have “overcome the world!” In Jesus All Powerful and Almighty name! - Frances Salave’a Sefo; Leone-Pago Pago, American Samoa
May 15 2019