January 8 – Temptation – Part #2

Read Genesis 3:1-24

If you have been following along in our study of angels and demons, today’s reading likely sounded familiar.  We read it yesterday as we drew attention to Satan’s role in tempting Adam and the repercussions that we experience yet today.  There are, however, at least two additional observations from this passage that are worth noting.

  1. There is animosity between Satan and man. In speaking to the serpent, God expressed it like this: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  On the one hand, each of the offspring of Eve, every human being, has been in the cross hairs of the evil one.  He desires to steal, kill, and destroy (Jn. 10:10) and is on the prowl looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8).  Every human experiences satanic/demonic opposition.

But there is a sense in which the Father was speaking uniquely of Jesus Christ.  Even He experienced the hatred of the Tempter.  But, if you pay close attention to the end of that statement in Genesis 3, you will note that, while Satan struck the heel of Christ on the cross, Satan’s head will be crushed.  That crushing was certainly experienced in part at the resurrection.  In spite of the satanic plot to foil the plan of God to extend salvation to men, women, boys, and girls, Christ rose in divine victory!  And, ultimately, that crushing will be fully demonstrated as Satan is cast eternally into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20).

  1. The tree of life was declared off limits. Not wanting Adam and Eve to eat that fruit and live forever in their fallen state, God provided angelic cherubim who guarded access to the tree with flaming swords.  Thankfully, our access to that tree has not been denied forever.  One day, in a new heaven and earth, after the final judgment of Satan, those redeemed through the blood of Christ will see it and enjoy its produce.  “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”  (Rev. 22:2)

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