This post is long over due. As we move onto the next worship battle, we will see that the odds are un-even. Only this time they favor Satan and not God’s side. The major players in the second battle are, as usual, Satan and man, specifically Adam and Eve. In this battle, Adam and Eve are living their life together and partners in the Garden of Eden. They are tending to the garden, they are working together in harmony with everything around them. One day, Satan sneaks into the garden in the guise of a serpent. Satan is still livid that God beat him in heaven and threw him to earth. To get back at God Satan decides to go after God’s most prized creation man. If Satan can get man to turn from God and worship something else, then he will have tricked them into worshiping himself!
Satan confronts Eve (it is believed that Adam is right there watching) and tempts her to eat the fruit off a tree they forbidden to eat from by God. Satan lies, telling Eve that eating from this tree, The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that they will not die but instead will become ‘like God’. This seemed like a great deal to her, so she grabs the fruid an eats it. I believe she realizes at this point she screwed up, but not wanting to be the only screw up offers it to Adam, who eats then fruit too. Now they are both screw ups. Satan had tricked Adam and Eve into elevating themselves to the place of God, they began to worship themselves. However, as I pointed out in the first blog in this series, worshiping anything other than God is idolatry, and idolatry really is worship of Satan. Satan it seems had won this battle.
The death promised by God if they ate of this tree came. Not a physical death mind you, but a spiritual death. Man was no longer able to communion with God, they were separated, spiritually dead which would only make their later physical deaths more bitter. What did Satan win out of this victory? Sway over man. Before man was utterly and perfectly devoted to God, not in an automotonamous way however. Now satan has a foothold into man’s heart and can sway man into sin. In addition, this first disobedience in man plants a spiritual disease in all of us. We are all infected with a spiritual death, also known as a sin-nature.
If we are keeping score of these battles the first victory (the battle of heaven) goes to God, while the second (the battle of eden) goes to Satan. The score is tied at 1-1. There are many other minor skirmishes throughout history, and still continue to be today. Satan either believes he can beat God, or is just trying to stab a giant with a toothpick at this point. There is, however, one more major battle in this war. I call this “The Battle of the Wilderness.” In this battle Jesus squares off against Satan. We will look a this battle next time.