Evil in the Garden (Part Six)

Journal Entry: Thursday, July 11, 2006

Genesis 3:14-19 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. And to the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. Then to Adam He said, Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it your were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Adam biggest mistakes were; he didn’t recognize the serpent for who he was; he entertained the thought that God was withholding something from him; and he didn’t throw the serpent out of the garden when he had the opportunity. And because he didn’t do what he knew he should do; evil eventually gained possession of Adam’s domain. Evil will do the same to us if we do not take a stand against it and toss it out of our lives, our families, our businesses, our government, and any other place evil exist in our domain. After Adam, Eve, and the serpent, followed through with the rebellion; God had no choice but to pronounce judgment upon the three of them. He could not overlook the fact that man had not only rebelled against him, but had taken what belonged to Him (Adam’s earthly domain) and signed over the title deed to that piece of real estate to His rebellious servant, thereby giving Satan who was the serpent in disguise, title deed to a piece of God’s creation.

Satan, who is a created angel servant was not entitled to inherit anything that belonged to the Lord God or His children. So when Adam signed over the title deed to the earth to Satan; Satan had a legal right to take possession of it, thus gaining a foothold in God’s creation. The transaction was illegal in the sense that Adam was conned into breaking God’s commandment by an evil scheming angel who knew what the outcome of Adam’s crime would be; the forfeiture of his rights of ownership and control of his earthly domain. But because Adam was a son of God and created in the very likeness of God he had been given complete authority over the earth and everything that was in, on, or around it; giving him a legal right to transfer ownership of that piece of property to whoever he wanted. But he was conned into transferring ownership of it to the serpent of evil under false pretenses meant it would have to be bought back at some future time by a qualified candidate. Satan wasn’t in the selling mood when the time came, but he was tricked into turning it over just as he had tricked Adam into giving the property to him some four thousand years before.

And in Genesis 3 the Lord God very clearly outlines the punishment man and Satan would bear for their crime when He pronounced judgment upon them in the Garden of Eden. Adam, Eve, and the serpent of evil, who was Satan in disguise each played a part in Adam’s sin of rebellion that brought about the fall of man. And because they each had an active role in Adam’s crime, each of them individually received a pronounced judgment upon their persons that would continue through to the end of the age of man as described in the Book of Revelation. I’m sure Adam did not like the fact he had to earn a living by the sweat of his brow; I am positive Eve did not like the pain associated with the birth of her children; and Satan does not like the fact he had his head crushed by the heel of Jesus Christ and has to crawl around on his belly just as the serpent of evil he disguised himself as in the Garden of Eden did to deceive Adam and Eve. And those of us who reside on the earth today do not like the fact we have to live with the consequences of Adam and Eve’s rebellious act those thousands of years ago. DThrash


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