Summary: Satan's eventual destruction begins in the Garden of Eden.
Why Does Satan Hate Us so Much (What Did We do to Him)?
A In Genesis 3:1-15, we see the play-by-play of the fall & rise of humanity.
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.' “ Gen. 3:1-3 (NASB)
a The enemy questions God’s love, intergrity.
b V. 2-3
aa Eve responds by repeating God’s warning.
bb She added “neither shall we touch it”
c The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! Gen 3:4 (NASB) Satan targets her soul.
aa You won’t die!
bb Calls God a liar.
cc Issues a false promise!
2 Eve takes the bait, & Adam does the same. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Gen 3:6 (NASB)
a They traded being clothed in God’s glory for the nakedness of their sin. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Gen 3:7 (NASB)
b They couldn’t cover themselves...so hid.
3 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:8 (NASB) “Cool” is a reward-spirit.
a Came to have communion, enjoy them.
b Where are you? Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" Gen 3:9 (NASB) Scared!
4 Fear had replaced favor & faith, & God exposed their failure. And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"12 The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." Gen 3:11-12 (NASB)
a Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed Satan, & yet Adam & Eve made their fatal choice.
b Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Gen 3:13 (NASB)
aa God pronounced judgment on Satan & said the Promised Seed would bruise his head.
bb Fatal blow!
B We have reason to believe Lucifer, before his fall, was the principality God had appointed over our created order.
1 Lucifer became Satan at the fall.
a Shining cherub became a stalking dragon.
b He thought he was the source of beauty, music, wisdom, light.
2 Satan is cast out in judgment.
a Loses position, authority
b Creation lies under devastating judgment & darkness.
C I believe earth bears the scars of two ancient catastrophes: the ancient ruin & the flood.
1 Earth has been shaken, continents torn apart.
a Glaciers have left deep canyons, unstable faults.
b Unpredictable volcanos & earthquakes...yes, it happened!
2 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3 (KJV)
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Col 1:16-17 (NASB)
a Pre-incarnate Christ made creation.
b Satan’s devastation on ancient creation was on Christ before He became God in the flesh!
aa For an unknown amount of time wreaked havoc on creation.
bb Then God instituted His plan for ruined creation-recapturing it through a creature known as man.
3 The state of creation is reset in Genesis 1 & 2, from existing matter God remade the earth & placed it in a Paradise called Eden.
a In the six days of creation, God made, formed, & so on.
b “Create” is used only in reference to His “breath” of God.
aa He created moving life out of existing materials, but He made it live by His breath.
bb Even man was formed out of the dust of the earth...didn’t live until God’s creative breath was breathed into him.