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When Adam was created, he didn’t have a clue that he was actually in a warzone and that God’s enemy was on the loose in the universe. And for certain he didn’t realize that Satan was even closer than he thought--he was symbolized by another tree in the garden of Eden--the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that God commanded them not to eat. In part 1 of this blog, I shared some insight from a Genesis Life Study that we enjoyed with some about some college students at a recent Bible study in our home.
I often wondered why God being the omnipotent God and the Creator of the universe didn't just zap Satan. It touches me that God's plan focuses a lot on man. And in Genesis 1:26 we get wind of man’s special place in God’s plan when God says: And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping things that creeps upon the earth. God was giving a clue here that the main creeping thing was his enemy Satan. And why in the first place does God need man to have dominion unless there’s a problem with God's absolute right to rule?
Witness Lee clarifies in the Life Studies of Genesis that God created man with this special purpose because it brings more glory to God for another creature to deal with this fallen angel (who was also one of God’s creatures). God greatness is seen in the fact that He makes all of His creatures (angels included) with a free will. He doesn’t coerce angels or man to love Him, worship Him, and serve Him; He lets them choose.
God also could have given Adam and Eve a detailed history of what had happened long before so they would understand what was at stake here if they choose the wrong tree, but God didn’t do that. God just simply pointed out to them on a stroll that there were two particular trees in the garden and one was called the tree of life which represented taking God as life and then there was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which represented taking Satan’s nature as the source of sin. As you can see, man is a battle ground. Who will choose God? This makes me think of a verse in Deuteronomy 30:19 that says:
... I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life that you and your seed may live,
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Hearing God - Dinner Fellowship with College Students
Why Should a Believer Get Baptized?
Why Should We Read the Bible?
Coming to the Lord in His Word
Did You Know God Made You With Three Parts?
God's Spirit & Man's Spirit
What's the Secret the Third Generation of Mankind Found?
Why Are Just 2 Trees Mentioned in Genesis 2?
Discussion with College Students--What is the Church?