And the women said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5 ESV
Satan’s original sin was the desire to be – God. He was already beautiful, had a prominent place in heaven, but wasn’t content. His power and influence were corrupted by his unholy appetite. He could have organized a rebellion alone, but most likely, he didn’t want to. He persuaded 1/3rd of all the angels to rebel with him. Because of it, he, and they, lost everything and were expelled from heaven.
What a mutiny. His persuasive powers had to be effective enough to get angels, created beings who had only ever worshipped God, to defect with him.
Isn’t it interesting that Satan tempted Eve with the exact same sin. “Eat this – and you will be like God!” Satan had looked out for himself in heaven. Eve was now invited to do the same on earth. She was intoxicated with the same desire. She convinced Adam to partake, and he did. What similar fates they, and Satan, would face. Satan ~ expelled from heaven. Adam and Eve ~ expelled from Eden.
Why did they listen to Your enemy? Why do I? If I love You, then Your enemy should be my enemy. If You call him a liar, then I should not trust one thing that comes out of his mouth. I align my allegiance to You in iron. Amen