Creation, the talking serpent and modern man

In our time God’s miraculous creation of the universe in six days is debunked as ‘myth.’  By whom?  The answer is found in an event that happened thousands of years ago, described in Genesis 3:1-7.  Seven verses out of thousands in the Bible reveal the mastermind behind all the criticism of God’s Word and creation work.  

#  The talking serpent

  • Genesis 3 relates the conversation between a talking serpent and Eve, the wife of Adam.  The serpent asked Eve a very pointed question, ‘Did God really say…?’  
  • Who was that serpent?  All 66 books of Scripture are necessary to complete the picture of God’s plan.  So we discover the serpent’s identity from other parts of the Bible.  

#  The serpent’s identity

  • Scripture reports that the serpent started off in heaven as a created archangel.  He rebelled against God’s authority and influenced a third of the angels to join him.  The result was that, ‘…there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  That great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled down to earth, and his angels with him….  He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.’ 1
  • Thus the book of Revelation (last of God’s revelation) teaches that Satan opposed God, fought against His angels, and lost the fight.  Then he established his kingdom of darkness. 2  His aim is to lead the whole world astray from knowledge of God’s goal to establish an eternal Kingdom.  
  • John 8:44 summarises the devil’s character, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’

#  The prince of this world  

  • When Eve obeyed Satan instead of God, Satan usurped Adam’s right to rule.  Thus Satan became the prince of this world. As ruler and prince of this world, Satan has the means to mobilise the media against God. 
  • The question, ‘Did God really say…?’ is one of his main propaganda themes.  Translated it means, ‘Can we trust that the Bible is the pure Word of God?’

Conclusion

As we continue to discuss Genesis 1 (Creation by God), we need to keep in mind that there is an alternative version that is continually presented to us (creation by random chance and luck).  It comes in various forms, but boils down to a question from the prince of this world: ‘Did God really create the heavens and the earth in six days?  Don’t you know that it is scientifically impossible and that everything evolved?  Are you going to believe science or the old fashioned Bible?  Come on, you cannot be that dum?’

References  

  1. Revelation 12: 7-9 and 12c  
  2. Matthew 12:26  
  3. John 12:11, 14:30,16:11; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19

How to pray effectively

God’s Word has always been the ‘Mother of all Bombs (MOAB).’  When a follower of Jesus uses it in prayer, it is deadly, accurate and terrifying in its effectiveness.  But, the enemy knows that.  So he devised a strategy to defuse it (to destroy the ‘explosive’ element in the bomb).

#  The explosive power of God’s Word

  • The reason the Bible has an explosive element is that God’s Word contains the decisive decrees of the Owner and Ruler of the Universe.  His words are the final authority in any situation.
  • When we pray Scripture verses into a problem the results are guaranteed.  ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’ 1
  • For example, ‘Elijah was a man just like us.  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.’ 2   The Old Testament background is, “…Elijah… said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’” 3
  • Then he proclaimed God’s words again: “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.’”  4   He believed God so ‘Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.’ Elijah’s prayers were based on God’s word, as we base our prayers on what God says in the Bible.

# The evil one’s strategy

  • The devil knows how to ‘destroy’ the power of the Bible.  His previous attempts through the ages to destroy the Bible physically, all failed.  He can however, like in the case with Eve, sow doubt about God’s Word.
  • That means we need to watch out for doubting theologians and ministers, books written by apostates that deride God, and programs and websites that malign the Bible.

#  Examples of the devil’s ‘arguments’ that sow doubt: 

  • The creation account is fiction and not part of Scripture.
  • The world-wide flood is a fairy tale.
  • Matthew and Luke copied from Mark, so they are just a product of men.
  • 2 Peter was not written by Peter, Paul did not write this or that letter, et cetera.
  • The resurrection is impossible.
  • Miracles are impossible.

Conclusion 

How should we react to the devil’s strategy?  Remember that the devil wages this war against the Bible because it is so powerful and effective.  What a glory to have such a powerful weapon to enjoy and employ in prayer!  And God wants us to pray and use it without ceasing.

References

  1. James 5:16b
  2. James 5:17
  3. 1 Kings 17:1
  4. 1 Kings 18:1
  5. James 5:18
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