S5 The Will of Satan and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

S5 The Will of Satan and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Satan was not always the devil. Satan was once the Lucifer, the Anointed Cherub, a beloved archangel.

Ezekiel 28:12 – 15.  In these verses, the Lord is talking about the king of Tyre, a figure of Lucifer.

12 … You were a seal of perfection, full of wisdom, perfect in beauty.
13 In Eden, the garden of God, you lived; precious stones of every kind were your covering:
Carnelian, topaz, and beryl, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, garnet, and emerald.
Their mounts and settings were wrought in gold, fashioned for you the day you were created.
14 With a cherub I placed you; I put you on the holy mountain of God, where you walked among fiery stones.
15 Blameless were you in your ways from the day you were created, Until evil was found in you.

Lucifer was once a prince of the heavenly host, a tributary ruler, the wisest, fairest, brightest of angels, created to lead creation in the worship of God. But, though He was created in such an exalted position and given much favor by God, it was not even close enough to what would satisfy him.

Isaiah 14: 13-15

13   But you, you said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven; above the stars of God I will exalt my throne. And I will sit upon the mount of assembly, in the uttermost parts of the north.

14   I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High.

The words ‘you said in your heart’ shows that Satan did not display a light intention. His motives were born out of the depths of his heart and grew to become his immense will to overthrow God.

Five times he said ‘I will’ clearly revealing his intense jealousy of his Creator, and deeply resentful about his subordinate position to God and man.

(Man in this earthly life are made a little bit lower than angels, but when the Lord returns, we will be glorified with Him and judge Satan and his demonic angels.)

1 Corinthians 6:3  Do you not know that we will judge angels…

In plain words, here is an interpretation of Satan’s will.

  1. I will not be a ruler of only the territory that I was given; I will rule the heavens as well.
  2. I will have God’s throne which is above the stars.
  3. I will have universal dominion.
  4. I will invade God’s seat of power and usurp His throne
  5. I will have equality with God.

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Book or tree of knowledge concept with an oak tree growing from an open book

In the Garden of Eden, God wanted Man to eat from the Tree of Life because it was His purpose that Man gained His God-life. But before this purpose was achieved, Satan stepped in and tricked Adam and Eve to eat instead of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

What was his motive in the garden? Satan had a definite purpose in his trickery.  I can only imagine his train of thought (Note: this is this writer’s interpretation) —

  1. Jealousy and Resentment: When I was in God’s favor, I was a prince of the universe, I was a ruler over God’s great creation. Now God has created this man and this woman and given them dominion over all the earth!
  2. Derision: How puny they are, how weak and frail! How can they become sons of God, and have His life and nature. Why, they were made from the earth. They are nothing but dust!
  3. Apprehension, Fury: Now God as put them in the garden with the Tree of Life. So that’s His Plan, to make them like Him, with His Life and Nature by eating of the fruit of the Tree of Life.
  4. Angry Realization: If Man eats of that Tree of Life, they will be like God, with His Divine, Eternal and Indestructible Life! When this happens, Man will be higher than the angels, they will live forever – I will totally lose what control I have left!
  5. Fear, Doubt: They are doing so well in the garden, and that’s not even with the Life of God in them yet. What will they be like when they have the Glorious, Eternal Life of God?
  6. Hatred of Man: If they will be like God and realize their God potential, they will enforce God’s sentence on me. All my plans will come to naught!
  7. Action Plan: I have to do something. I will trick them into eating from My tree, instead of from the Tree of Life. Instead of God’s Life, they will get my life into them. I will stop God’s Plan, and destroy everything that He loves.

That was Satan’s will in the Garden of Eden, and it is still his will today.

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