Now more than ever we are seeing the destructive nature of mankind in action. Inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve when they were unceremoniously thrown out of the Garden of Eden; the world has descended into chaos. With every generation living a life farther and farther away from God, we continue to think that we can govern this world better than Him. No country has the answer, as each fight through their own chaos, confusion and discontent.
The pervasive appeal of sin continues to be the dominant force in life. First conceived and entered into our lives through Lucifer. The original sin was born in Satan which means ‘adversary,’ who is the enemy and constant challenger of God. It is the personal name of the devil, often referred to as ‘the enemy,’ as many people seem better able to cope with the term ‘the enemy’ and not so much ‘the devil.’ The devil to many is seen as a fantasy figure, a fairy tale that’s not real. I have actually had people laugh in my face asking me if I really believe in all that fantasy stuff and telling me the devil isn’t real. It doesn’t make me angry, it makes me sad because one day we will all know the truth, but unfortunately for many it will be too late to do anything about it, so this is a time to help people to understand and not to get angry with them. Yes, the devil is real, he exists, you cannot in all honesty believe in God and not believe that there is a devil, please don’t believe in him, just know that he is real and very harmful.
Whilst we do not fear him as Christians, we do not dismiss the fact that he is alive and causing a great deal of damage. Satan was an archangel so he was the head of legions, multitudes of angels. The following scriptures describe who Satan was before he became evil and was thrown out of heaven.
Ezekiel 28:12-15 give us a good description of Lucifer. He was beautiful, he was perfect in all his ways from the day he was created, he was a ‘covering’ angel so he was given authority over other angels. His name was Lucifer meaning bearer of light or ‘morning star,’ he was an anointed angel and dwelt on the mountain of God, so was in God’s presence constantly. The timbrels and pipes tells us that he played music wherever he went, praising and worshipping God. Lucifer however started to believe in himself that he could compete with God and his heart became filled with sin, absolute evil and violence towards God, his Creator. There was a huge battle in heaven lead by the archangel Michael, head of the warrior angels and they threw Lucifer out along with a third of the angels of heaven. We have no idea when this happened, how long the battle lasted or how long after it we were created, but we do know that it was before God created us. Sin causes catastrophic consequences to all who give in to it. It is for this reason that God created hell; for Satan and his followers, not for humans.
The next significant emergence of sin was in the Garden of Eden when Lucifer tempted Eve to go against God’s will and she in turn enticed Adam who sealed the fate of mankind until Jesus came. As I studied these scriptures it was clear to me that Eve already had sin creeping into her heart before she openly went against God’s will. In the following scripture, tells us of the conversation between Lucifer and Eve:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest (in case) you die.
This response from Eve is particularly worrying because God did NOT say they could not touch the tree. That is a lie uttered from Eve’s lips even before she ate of the tree. We have to ask ourselves, why did Lucifer not go to Adam? Adam was alone tending the garden before Eve was created and was accessible to Lucifer just as Eve was. The consequences of this sin is the broken chaotic world that we live in today!
The next destructive rise of sin came in the form of Ananias and Sapphira, when they brought sin into the very first church that came into being, after Jesus ascended into heaven and we see the damaged that has developed in the body of Christ through the generations. They were struck down immediately because God will always deal very harshly with the root of sin to minimise the effects further down the ages. Had the Lord not rooted out Ananias and Sapphira, their lies and deceit would have significantly weakened the first church before it was fully rooted.
Ananias and Sapphira were husband and wife and were a part of the first church. They chose of their own free will to sell all their possessions and give it to the church or so they pretended to do. They sold their land and told Peter that they were giving all the proceeds to the church but in fact kept back part of it. The Holy Spirit revealed this lie and deception to Peter who confronted them and they still continued to lie and as a result they dropped dead and were taken out to be buried. You may think this harsh but Peter explained in the following scriptures what they really did:
But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power? why have you conceived this thing in your heart? you have not lied unto men, but unto God.
There was no need to lie, the land and the money belonged to them to do with as they pleased. They were lying to God and deceiving their fellow Christians by pretending to give more than they did and this was the first entry of sin into the church of God and God took this very serious. If the Holy Spirit had not revealed this to Peter they would have continued with their deceptions, lies and manipulations which would have wounded the first church greatly. The people were already suffering at the hands of the Romans and in a perpetually fragile condition. Ananias and Sapphira allowed Satan to speak to their hearts, so when everyone else was exercising God’s love they were in the midst counteracting it with Satan’s lies and deceit.
If we take our minds back to the heavens, when God created all things perfect, the angels were all perfect and through Lucifer, sin entered in and corrupt one third of them. Then we have the perfect Garden of Eden, God created man, woman and all creatures of the earth, perfect and beautiful, then Lucifer entered in again and brought sin with him and it became corrupt. God then created a perfect church and once again sin entered in through Ananias and Sapphira, by allowing Lucifer to corrupt; convincing them to lie to the Holy Spirit.
God does not tolerate sin and we shouldn’t! God turns away from Sin everytime.