This purpose is simply to create someone like Him whom He would put in charge of the earth and everything He has created in it. This shows that devil does not own the earth. God did not go through six days work in creating what will make the earth comfortable for the devil and his fallen angels. No! God had the man in mind when He created this earth. It was for the pleasure, enjoyment, blessing and comfort of man. All the elaborate preparation of those six days was just for man to arrive in the midst of comfort. It wasn’t to his peril.
“And God said; let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him and male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth…” (Genesis 1:26-28).
The creation of man was very perfect from the beginning. They were morally and spiritually upright. God created them male and female, and gave them His blessing. They were empowered by God to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth. They were given the total control of all the earth. Above all, they constantly enjoyed an intimate fellowship and relationship with their creator. They had a bright and pleasant future ahead of them. But remember, devil was not happy about this.
The Determination to Rip Off
He wasn’t comfortable seeing people whom God has made to replace him enjoying what he ought to have been enjoying. Therefore, he decided to influence them with his two major traits that I discussed earlier.
Please note this! Devil is never happy seeing you enjoying good and wonderful relationship with God. You are a threat to him when God is with you. For this reason, he will look for every means to cut you off from that source of your peace, joy, dominion and blessing.
This was exactly what caused the separation of man from God in the beginning and brought condemnation to the entire human race. God gave Adam and his wife a direct and clear instruction of what will guide their well being in the garden He put them. He instructed them to eat from every tree in the garden. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shall surely die” – Genesis 2:17.
This was the direct instruction – “You will surely die if you eat from it.” In other words, you will be forever separated from me. You will be disconnected from the source of your life wherein blessing flows into your life. You will lose the favour you have been given, become mortal and vulnerable to unceasing and uncontrolled sinfulness and misery.
Then devil came subtly to the woman with his deception, and asked, “Is it true God said you must not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1). Then the woman gave an answer of what God told them, and thereby entered dialogue and negotiation with the devil which would later bring a fatal evil and problem on generations after.
“That which the devil aimed at was to persuade Eve to eat forbidden fruit, and to do this, he took the same method that he does still.
1. He questions whether it was sin or not. (Genesis 3:1)
2. He denies that there was any danger in it. (Genesis 3:4)
3. He suggests much advantage by it. (Genesis 3:5)
These are his common topics. As to the advantage, he suits the temptation to the pure state they were now in, proposing to them not any carnal pleasure but intellectual delight… you shall have much more of the power and pleasure of contemplation than now you have; you shall fetch a larger compass in your intellectual views, and see farther into things than now you do… you will find a sudden and immediate change for the better.” (John Wesley’s notes on the old and new testament)
That was the method and strategy devil used to attack our first parents in order to make them voluntarily sin against God so that he could destroy them. And he uses the same method today to destroy many people in order to separate them from God forever. When he achieved this with our first parents, they sinned against God as they ate what He commanded them not to eat.
The result was the separation between them and God. They lost the vital source of their usefulness, power and control over sinful influence. They willingly sold the destiny of man-kind to the onslaught of the devil. They were banned from the pleasure of God’s presence. They exchanged their blessing which is an empowerment to prosper to a curse, which is an empowerment for perpetual suffering and eternal failure. They sold the control of the world initially handed over to them to the devil. Then, the world entered into the trouble and mess it’s going through in the hand of the devil presently. What a pity!
But God is merciful. He does not leave man-kind in their helpless state and depravity. He had already prepared an alternative plan to buy us back – Through Christ we are restored and repositioned at the centre of God’s bigger Purpose for our Lives. Glory Be to God.
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