When God created beauty and order out of darkness and chaos, He challenged Satan’s power and set the stage for the greatest drama ever played out in history. The creation forced an answer to the question: Who has the right to rule on the planet earth—is it Satan or is it God? Throughout all of history, Satan has brought his best acting skills to the stage in an effort to prove that he has the power and the right to rule on this planet. He has three well-rehearsed scenes he chooses from to make people doubt God’s love:
He appeals to their fleshly desires for something more fulfilling;
He attracts them to something more beautiful;
He tricks them into believing they deserve something more than what God has already provided.
These three strategies are mentioned in 1 John 2:16, when John warned believers not to be lured by “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” Adam and Eve became Satan’s first victims. He used all three strategies to lure them into believing his lies and questioning God’s love. Then they sinned, and sin always has consequences.
The consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience rocked the whole universe— especially the planet that they were responsible for guarding and maintaining:
The serpent, once a beautiful creature, became one of the lowliest and most despised.
Satan, who wanted to rule the planet, was informed that he was doomed.
Eve’s joy of bearing and raising children would forever be accompanied by pain and her marriage complicated by egos and authority.
Adam’s role as caretaker would become very difficult due to tough conditions.
Adam and Eve were driven out of the beautiful Paradise God had created for them to enjoy. They now lived in a world filled with sin. As they left the Garden, God made clothing for them out of skins. The guilt that accompanied their sin and caused Adam and Eve to hide in shame was now removed, but it had cost the life of an animal.
Mercifully God wanted to protect Adam and Eve from living forever in this fallen world, so He prevented any access to the Tree of Life. Physical death would one day allow them to enter eternal life with Him, since they had been willing to accept His covering for their sin.
The shed blood of animals would continue to lead to redemption until God sent His own Son as the ultimate and final sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. As God promised in verse 15, Jesus (the offspring of the woman) would one day crush the head of the serpent (Satan) when God raised Him victoriously from the dead. One day God would prove that He alone has the right to rule on the planet we call earth!
Which of Satan’s 3 strategies are you most vulnerable to?
Do you think you would be happier if God had made you look different or given you better things?
Do you think you deserve more recognition for your accomplishments?
We must not let Satan trick us into thinking God doesn’t love us! We must get to know God well enough to trust Him.