June 27: Satan’s Plot, God’s Plan

Read Genesis 3:1-24

It was one of the first, yet one of the darkest days in human history. God had created an Edenic paradise for the pinnacle of His creation, the first man and his wife.  Made in His image, the Father gave them an important assignment along with incredible freedom. Their assignment was simple: rule over Creation while caring for the garden, multiplying in number, and populating the earth. Their freedom was vast. They could eat and enjoy any of the fruits of the garden.

There was, however, a single restriction and a corresponding consequence of which the loving Creator warned them. “(F)rom the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

The darkness entered when Eve, with Adam at her side, listened to the tempter. Together, the two of them stepped beyond the freedom, violated the restriction, and experienced the consequence. Now separated from God, they experienced guilt and shame. Their God-given labor became work. The joy of bearing offspring now tempered with pain.

Satan had successfully blinded them to the devastating impact of their choice.

But Adam’s and Eve’s experience was only the beginning. Here is how God expressed it to the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15).

Still today, the animosity between Satan and mankind continues. We men and women find ourselves in an ongoing battle. Satan perpetuates his deception as he seeks to steal, kill, destroy, and devour (Jn. 10:10; 1 Pet. 5:8). His hatred for mankind is real.

But in the midst of the prophetic mess, a divine plan and a demonic plot also emerge. The divine plan included a descendant of Eve, Jesus the Christ. And, of all places, the divine plan and the demonic plot intersected at the crucifixion. In the crucifixion, both sought to bring destruction to the other.

Throughout the Word of God, we find intense animosity between Satan and Almighty God. But don’t forget, Jesus was, and is, victorious. His death was but a foot wound. His resurrection resulted ultimately in a fatal head blow to Satan, and you and I can have real and forever life because God made a way out of the mess created that dark day in the Garden of Eden.

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