The Deception

August 25th, 2014

God is so good and He continually wants us to grow in Him.  I’ve heard it said that His word is like an onion, you just keep peeling back the layers for more revelation.  My son asked me one afternoon, while driving in the car, about Adam and Eve.  We began talking more about what had transpired in the Garden and it was a good talk.  When I turned on the radio, Dr Tony Evans was on and discussing the same topic.  I thought, “wow, that’s cool!”  Isn’t it funny…we don’t always put 2 and 2 together in the moment.  Sometimes, God has to gently nudge us later.  Well, it was a short time later and I was still chewing on the verses in Genesis regarding the fall.  I was also reading where it says that he (Satan) said, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

God was stirring all of this in my heart when a lightbulb went off.  Read with me…

Genesis 3:1-5  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’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3but 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.’” 4The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

What was really at the heart of this whole thing?  God shone a bright light on this one part…Satan was saying to Eve that God did not want them to eat the fruit because when they did, they’d be “like God”.  What God showed me was that THEY ALREADY WERE!  They were created in His image, walking in His authority, covered by His glory.  What I felt God showing me was that Satan was trying to get them to want what HE wanted.  Satan wanted to be like God and got booted out of heaven.  Maybe if Adam and Eve chose the same, they’d get booted out of earth and then Satan could have a lesser version of his truest desire come to pass, perhaps, to become a demigod as overlord of earth.  After all, if he couldn’t rule heaven, maybe earth would be enough.  But, God had other plans!

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