Read Genesis 3:1-24
This is God’s story, but that does not mean that everyone operates under the banner of His will. You see, God gives clear instruction on what pleases Him and is best for all, and He also gives freedom of choice. And sometimes…well, to put it bluntly…His beings rebel!
The first rebellion is not recorded in these early chapters of Genesis. You will have to read in Isaiah 14:12-15 or Ezekiel 28:11-19. Lucipher, one of God’s leading angels aspired to attempt a coup de tat in which God would be ousted and he would reign. But the God of heaven wouldn’t stand for that. This angel, along with a throng of others he had won over in allegiance to him, was cast from among the holy angels.
This same Lucipher showed up in today’s text in the form of the serpent. He tempted the two, twisted the truth, and attempted to sweet talk them into following him in rebellion against God. And he succeeded. Adam and Eve ate from the tree. They disobeyed God.
Theirs was the second rebellion. It was one that set into motion a great tsunami, which has devastated mankind ever since. The world is a different place because of their decision. The consequences are everywhere. People sweat…at work and giving birth. There is sickness, suffering, difficulty, and death.
But it is not as if we are all innocent bystanders caught up in the wake of this overwhelming wave set into motion by someone else. We have also rebelled. We too have given in to the voice of temptation and followed in their rebellion. The New Testament makes that clear in saying, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Rebellion has its consequences, but even here in the fall that broke humanity’s holiness, God showed glimpses of Jesus Christ, man’s way back to real life. Rather than obliterating the man and his wife, God extended grace. And even though the conflict with Lucipher (Satan) would continue, God spoke of one who would quell the rebellion; an offspring of the woman who would one day crush the head of Satan (v. 15).
It’s painful but true–God’s story includes the rebellion of Satan and of man. It’s joyous and real…God’s story offers us rescue in Jesus!