Moreover, these noble qualities of God’s character would be expressed through those who chose to love, honor and obey Him. In Heaven it would be achieved through those angels who chose to remain loyal to their Creator.

On earth it was to be through a royal family of beloved sons and daughters. The “First-born” of that family would be the Lord Jesus Himself.

It is possible that Satan was jealous of the love, honor and worship that was given to God by the heavenly host. Satan’s rebellion was an attempt to take God’s place and receive the worship that belonged to Him. You will recall how the devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world – in an attempt to get Jesus to worship him in the wilderness (see Luke 4:5-8). This incident shows us that the devil desired the worship belonging to God alone.

ln opposing God, Satan drew the battle lines for the age-long conflict between good and evil.

As we know from scriptures already given, Satan was not able to gain a victory in Heaven. He and his host of fallen angels were cast out. What they lost in Heaven, however, they would later try to gain on earth in the Garden of Eden.

ADAM CHOSE TO SIN

SATAN ENTERS THE WORLD

As we have already seen, there is a great desire within the heart of our heavenly Father. It is for a family through which the character, authority and power of His Son can be revealed. For that reason, you recall, God made the first man and woman and told them to be stewards, caretakers of the earth and fill it with a family of loving children who would be loyal to Him.

It is to this earth and that family, therefore, that Satan now comes. The battle that began in heaven now reaches into God’s new creation. Satan seeks to rob the first earthly family of their heritage; by tempting them to commit the same sin that caused his downfall from the heavenly heights -pride and rebellion!

He comes to them in the form of a wise and beautiful serpent. He cannot overpower them, for they have been given authority over all of the creatures of the earth. He has only one way in which he can reach them with his evil purpose – deception! Now we can see why Jesus called Satan the ‘father of lies” (see John 8:44).

The Apostle Paul refers to this deception in his second letter to the Corinthian church.  Listen to his words of warning: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity. that is in Christ” (2 Cor 11:3).

Yes, Satan used lies and confusion as his way of deceiving and confusing their clear understanding of God’s simple commands. You recall that God had told them not to eat of that one tree. Let us again listen to His words of warning: “Of every tree in the Garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16,17).