The most decisive event in the history of the world happened in the garden of Eden. It shaped the world we live in. The devil, that ancient serpent or Satan who leads the whole world astray,1 convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God. When God confronted them, Adam shifted the blame to Eve and Eve to the serpent.
# How did God handle it?
He accepted Adam and Eve’s blame shifting, but held them responsible for their disobedience. When it came to the serpent, God condemned him to slither on his belly and eat dust. Yet He did not expressly address the personality behind the actions of the serpent, the devil.
# Why did God flatly ignore him?
The devil had already been judged. He was in heaven as one of God’s created angels. He saw God in His glory, served Him and yet rebelled. The serpent is beyond salvation. At the end of this age he will be thrown in hell and spend eternity there.
# God gave His attention to Adam and Eve.
They were made in His image. People had the potential to become His children, part of His Kingdom and part of the Bride of His Son, Jesus. Therefore God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins, signifying their sins are forgiven. It is humans who will again enter Eden when Jesus, the Lamb of God, opens the way.
# What do we learn from Genesis 3?
- God holds people responsible even if they try to shift the blame. We have a free will. We can decide if we want to follow God, the King of the Kingdom of Light. When we reject Him we remain in Satan’s kingdom of darkness.
- At the last judgment, when all people will appear before the Judgment Seat, no person will be able to shift the blame. Even if they appeal to God that the devil deceived them, they will still be responsible. Everyone will individually give an account to God for what they did while alive.
The Holy Spirit prepares all people who chose to follow Jesus, for the glorious coming eternal life with God. The devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour. However, God equipped us with the necessary weapons and armor to withstand the devil’s wiles. When we are in God’s glorious presence, the devil will be something of the past.
Note: Scripture says, ‘…man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment….’ 2 Does it mean followers of Jesus will be judged? Weren’t our sins annulled? I believe we will be at the judgement as a testimony to Jesus’ wonderful sacrificial death on our behalf; to demonstrate to unbelievers how the grace of Jesus transformed people’s lives.
- Revelation 9:12
- Hebrews 9:27