Summary: God had just created Adam and Eve and placed them in the beautiful Garden of Eden. Everything was at peace so why would God expose Adam and Eve to Satan the Devil?
Why Expose Adam and Eve to Satan? - 4
In the latest Star Wars movie, “Revenge of the Sith” we saw how pride played a part in moving Anakin Skywalker to the dark side
• Last time we saw “pride” pervert the great archangel who was at the very throne room of God into becoming Satan the “Adversary”, the “Evil One”
• Which brings us to this weeks question, “Why would God who is supposed to be a God of love allow this Adversary, this “Evil One” access to the Garden of Eden”
• God had just created the first two humans and placed them in this beautiful garden
• Everything was going along fine so why on earth would He expose Adam and Eve to Satan the Devil?
Well why do you think God would do this?
• Really two reasons why God granted Satan access to Adam and Eve
Today we are going to look at the first
• To answer this question we need to go back and ask, “What was God ultimately trying to achieve with Adam and Eve?” He wants to share the special relationship that exists within the Godhead with mankind
• But he wanted man to voluntarily choose to enter into that relationship otherwise it would not be of love
o He could have built obedience into their DNA when they were created, “I will automatically do everything God wants me to do”
o He could have forced them to obey, “Do this or else!”
o He could have enticed them by offering all sorts of rewards
• But none of these would have come from a motivation of genuine love. True love is based on mutual love and faithfulness
• So it had to be a voluntary reciprocated love
• That’s why He gave them freewill, so they could choose
• In order to choose, they had to be exposed to evil
• They had been exposed to “good” through their relationship with God, now they had to be exposed to “evil” to see how they would respond
• God Himself could not expose them to evil because He is incapable of evil
• James 1:13 (NLT)And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either.
• So God permitted Satan to perform this task
• Permitted being the key word. This is the first of many instances in the Bible where God uses Satan to test or prove people’s love and faithfulness to Him
• One of the names given to Satan is the “Tempter”
• God uses this source of evil to further His plan of creating individuals who voluntarily respond to God’s love in mutual love and faithfulness
• Because ultimately it is only these individuals who will be invited into this special Godly relationship
In one of the Books of the Old Testament, the book of Job, we get one of those brief insights into what is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm
• In the story of Job we see another example of God using Satan as His instrument to test the love and faithfulness of one of His servants
• Job 1:6-12 (NLT) One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them.
• Notice Satan cannot negotiate this coming to the meeting, he’s obligated to show up
• 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. And Satan answered the Lord, “I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
• In reality he is going around the earth causing trouble
• 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! 10 You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
• We come back to this point of motivation. Satan thought Job only obeyed God because it was in his best interests to do so
• In other words he thought Job’s love was conditional – “He will only love you if there is something in it for him”
• But true love is not conditional. It chooses to love despite the circumstances
• So the question was, “how would Job respond if God allowed Satan to take everything away from Him?