By Jonathan Michael Dean
3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
Lucifer was a beautiful angel created by God; possibly the leading angel of music (Eze.28:13). As a guardian of God’s throne, he stood in the presence of the Lord day and night (Eze.28:14-15). Then God stationed him in “Eden” -the garden of God (Eze.28:13a). No longer a guardian of God’s throne but of His footstool, this is where Lucifer’s rebellion occurred. Disguised as a serpent, we witness him make his move as he tempts Eve to eat the fruit.
Lucifer lusted for power and prestige; to be worshiped alongside God (Isa.14:12-14). Demoted from God’s throne to the Garden of Eden, he became proud in his heart and his pride led to his fall. In the garden, he sees his chance. Can he get Man to serve him and join his rebellion against God? Maybe even the other Angels will join him. If only he can get Adam and Eve to obey him over God.
Humanity joined the Devil’s rebellion against God when Adam ate the fruit. Lucifer became the father of all those born in sin. This is what makes our sin so great. Our fall was not a separate incident. We gave Lucifer the fuel for the fire; the followers to build a rebellion against the Lord, and we were the first to sign up.
The serpent was cursed to crawl on its belly -Satan was cast down to the ground; hurled out of heaven to wander to and fro through the earth. He awaits an eternal death sentence in the lake of fire. We were driven out of the garden; out of God’s presence to wander the earth along with Lucifer. We await an eternal death sentence in the lake of fire.
But thanks be to God that He has extended His mercy. Though Lucifer is beyond forgiveness God has extended His grace to us in Christ. He has defeated death and the Devil on the cross. He can free us from the power of sin and death. We can become adopted sons of God: once children of wrath, now children of God’s eternal covenant love.