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30 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and they do not bear fruit to maturity. But the seed on the good soil —these are the ones who, after hearing the word, hold fast to it with a noble and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance… Therefore consider how you listen, for whoever has, to him more will be given, and whoever does not have, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away from him. As you can see, the devil, who is the god of this world and the serpent of old (Revelation 12:9; 20:2), will always seek to steal, corrupt, and invalidate the Word that God sent into our hearts. Not only will the Word be rendered powerless and unfruitful, the material substance and workmanship of God encapsulated in that Word will not be unfolded in our lives as well. Therefore, we must be careful how we listen and receive the Word of God. 1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. Let me ask a few questions that you may already have the answers at the tip of your fingers: How strong was Eve's faith in God? How did Eve lose her faith in God in the Garden of God? How did Eve fall into sin? Genesis 2:15-17 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 31 which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Without getting into deep exegesis here, the “star of the morning, son of the dawn” (Isaiah 14:12; also known as “Lucifer” in KJV) was an angelic being who “had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:12-14; Exodus 24:10). He was “the anointed cherub who covers” Eden, the Garden of God. He was placed “on the holy mountain of God” in Eden as the guardian of Eden, and as a ministration angel before the throne of God in Eden. He walked in the midst of the Garden; he spoke with Adam and Eve; and he hovered whenever God was “walking in the garden in the cool of the day”. Lucifer was blameless until unrighteousness was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15-18; Isaiah 14:13-15). Broadly inferring Adam’s age at the time of Cain’s birth (Genesis 4:1) from Seth’s (Genesis 5:3), I believe that Adam and Eve were about 50 to 80 years old when they were banished from the Garden. Hence, I believe that Lucifer sinned against God approximately 50 years after the creation of Adam and Eve (somewhere in between Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:1). He was then cast out “as profane from the mountain of God”, and was “thrust down to Sheol, to