Q: #594. What animals is Satan / the Devil compared to in the Bible?
A: I find 5 animals that Satan / the Devil is compared to in the Bible. Following is a list of these animals, some verses saying this, and why Satan is compared to that animal.
Serpent: (Symbolizing Satan’s): Deception, Craftiness
(2 Cor 11:3)(NKJV) “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
(Rev 12:14-15) “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (15) And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”
(Also see: Rev 12:9 & Rev 20:2 below: “Dragon”)
***Note: I do not list the “serpent” from (Gen 3:1-2,4,13-14) here, because I do not believe the “serpent” in those verses is “compared” to Satan, but rather Satan “possessed,” or entered into the body of a serpent (snake).
Dragon: (Symbolizing Satan’s): Evil, Deception
(Rev 12:9) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
(Rev 20:2) “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years”
(Also see: Rev 12:3,4,7,13,16,17, Rev 13:2,4,11, Rev 16:13)
Lion: (Symbolizing Satan’s): Destructive Power
(1 Pet 5:8) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
(Also see: Ps 91:13)
Scorpion (and serpent): (Symbolizing Satan’s): Weakness (compared to the power of God)
(Lk 10:18-19) “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Bird: (Symbolizing Satan’s): Devouring
(Mt 13:4,19)(NKJV) “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them… (19) When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
(Mk 4:3-4,14-15)(NKJV) “”Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. (4) And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it… (14) The sower sows the word. (15) And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” (Also: Lk 8:5,12)
In (Jn 10:11-15), there is a contrast between the one who “owns the sheep” (Jesus), and the one to whom the “wolf” belongs (Satan). The “sheep” are Christians, the “wolf” is false teachers. The “wolf” symbolizes Satan working through false teachers to “scatter” and “destroy” Christians. Other verses picturing “false teachers” as “wolves” can be found in (Mt 7:15)(Mt 10:16)(Lk 10:3)(Acts 20:29).
A small minority of scholars believe that the term “leviathan,” used in (Job 3:8 – KJV uses “mourning”)(Job 41:1)(Ps 74:14)(Ps 104:26)(Isa 27:1) represents Satan. (This is not my view.)