Just a couple more interesting things to point out before we move along…
In the last letter, you should have gotten the idea that God was pretty pleased
with the work he did in the six days recorded in Genesis. But did you notice
there was one exception?
God saw the light was good.
When the water receded and dry ground appeared, God saw that it was good.
The land producing vegetation, and the heavens being restored to order…God
saw that it was good.
The water creatures and birds…God saw that it was good. The livestock and
creatures that move along the ground…God saw that it was good. Adam. Even
though God knew he would fall…Adam…God saw that it was VERY good.
But did you notice this:
“And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water
from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse
from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there
was evening, and there was morning—the second day.” (Gen. 1:6-8)
Wow. God didn’t say a single word about that being a good thing, did he? Could
be maybe, that he forgot…or that he just didn’t think it was that big a deal. Really,
all he did was separate the water under the expanse from the water above it. And,
he called the expanse….”sky”.
His creation wouldn’t live in the sky, but on earth. So the earth was a good thing.
All the things on earth were good things…and all the things above earth were good
things. But there was something about the sky that God didn’t much care for…
“The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or
Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his
angels with him.” (Rev. 12:9)
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to
live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of
the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Eph. 2:12)
Wow. “The ruler of the kingdom of the air”…Maybe that’s why God didn’t call
the sky good? Because it’s being ruled by the fallen Lucifer? The ruler of the
kingdom of the air…the prince of this world (John 16:11). God knew what
Adam was going to have to contend with.
Lucifer didn’t fall after the creation of Adam. He was already there…in the
garden…in the air around Eden…waiting. Waiting for Adam to come along and
be tempted. Lucifer was already fallen even as the earth was being restored by
God. He was already the ruler of the kingdom of the air…the prince of this world.
Waiting to ambush an unsuspecting Adam.
The sky, or the air is Satan’s habitat for the moment. Maybe that’s why God
couldn’t call it good….
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