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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bible Teachings 406

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and Episode 6 of my mini Bible series "Bible Teachings".

Let's recap: In the earlier episodes of this series, you learned that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created perfect with free will, which they used to commit a grave sin against God. This led to a loss of God's protection, their perfect bodies and the prospect of everlasting life for themselves and their descendants. As a result, both Adam and Eve gradually aged and eventually died. Their sin directly impacts us today. Let us now consider Satan's starring role in these events.

Many people portray Satan as some sort of fiery, ugly creature with horns and suchlike. But how can this be? Satan is a spirit and spirits can't be seen by humans! In fact, Satan was created by God as a perfect, angel, but he became jealous of Jehovah God's power and authority, craving such admiration and worship for himself (Matthew 4:8, 9*). Because of his opposition to Jehovah God, Satan was thrown out of heaven down to the vicinity of the earth (Revelation 12:9, 12*). Thereafter, Satan's deeds have been fueled by wickedness, craftiness and lying. The Bible often refers to him as "Slanderer", "Serpent", "Deceiver", "Liar", "Tempter" and "Ruler of the World" (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; 5:19*).
  Back in the Garden of Eden, he was the voice behind the snake that tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. How he worded the question and subsequent reply to Eve's response is very important. Remember, God's command was if they ate from the forbidden tree [just one tree], they would certainly die (Genesis 2:16, 17*). Notice the snake's question [voice of Satan] at Genesis 3:1*:
"Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?" 
Then Eve responds at Genesis 3:2, 3*.
Then notice how the snake (voice of Satan) words his reply to Eve at Genesis 3:4, 5*:
"At this the serpent said to the woman: 'You certainly will not die. For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.'"

Why is it important to understand Satan's response? Because, not only did he imply God was withholding something good from the woman, but he insinuated God was a liar for saying they would die if they ate the forbidden fruit. In another instance of challenging God, Satan charged that God had made a mistake in the way he created humans, that no one would do right when under pressure, even cursing God when facing trial and tribulation (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-5*). These were some serious charges. Satan was calling into question God's honesty (Titus 1:2*), His unmistakable right to rule (Deuteronomy 10:14; Job Chapter 38; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 44:6, 7*) and His way of ruling (Deuteronomy 32:4*). With his cunning snake display and craftily worded question and answer, Satan spread his propaganda [a mix of truth and lie] to appeal to Eve's sense of self worth, her spirit of "I'll do what I want" attitude, by persuading her first that if she ate the fruit she would not die (lie) and second, that she would become like God [partial truth - she and Adam realized they were naked and covered up]. In this way, Satan elevated himself to a position higher than Jehovah God and became Eve's God. How so? She gave him her listening ear - the worship Satan craves - she really believed Satan was telling the truth. Subsequently, she used her free will to overstep God's command and acted on her desire (James 1:13-15*).
  Why does this matter? Adam and Eve's descent into sin and death exposed Satan as a crafty liar. He got kicked out of heaven. Now, he's on the earth and he's incredibly angry, he's on the rampage. He knows his time left on earth is he's looking to ensnare as many people as possible by turning them away from God. And guess what, you and I are his targets! You won't want to miss Episode 7!

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

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