Do Not Be Deceived: God is Not Mocked

Back in December (of 2021), a post/meme of a Facebook user was sent to me, which said, in reference to God and Jesus’ crucifixion, “Killing His own Son for our sins instead of killing satan. I swear this story is not clear.” My first thought on seeing it was, “Wow, the level of ignorance.” Now, if something along these lines was asked about innocently, such as, “Have you ever wondered why God would kill Jesus, who was innocent, instead of satan, who is evil?” it would be a different story. But blatant mockery of such a critical and vital event… makes my blood levels rise for sure.

However, there may be some who are out there innocently wondering this same thing, or something along those lines, and for that reason, I will address that post and explain why Jesus had to die instead of satan.

So, to first address the thought why didn’t God just kill satan… well, we can find the answer in reading our Bibles. Through our study, we learn that there is a strategic plan in place for satan (he wasn’t created by happenstance), and it will end in God’s timing, as seen in Revelation (20:10). Also, killing him at that moment wouldn’t have really made a difference, as the sin of Adam and Eve had already been committed—which served as the gateway to sin’s entrance into the whole world—and there was a far heftier price to be paid for it than satan’s (sinful) life could account for.

For those who may not be familiar with the story of Adam and Eve—and their huge fall in the garden of Eden—it all begins in Genesis, chapter 2. In Genesis, chapter 2, we find a command given by God to Adam, in reference to a certain tree in the garden. Starting in verse 15, we read, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die” (vv. 15-17).

Following that exchange, we see God’s creation of a helper for Adam, as He thought it best that Adam not continue on alone. Taking a rib from Adam’s side while he slept, God created the woman, whom Adam later called Eve – bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh (vv. 18-23). In verses 24 and 25, we see that the two were married before God.

Moving on to chapter 3, we see the enemy creep onto the scene, questioning Eve about the command of God. Whether or not Adam had relayed God’s message about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to his wife, or God Himself had to her is unknown; but we see here that she knew of the command and is challenged by the serpent concerning it.

“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” he slithers up to ask.

Eve repeats what she’s told, even adding a twist of her own. “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.'”

Ha! The serpent seemingly said. “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.”

Satan’s deception captivated Eve, and in the moment, she craved the one thing that satan himself has always longed for… to be like God, to exude His power.

Verse 6 says that “when the woman saw [through satan’s manipulation] that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (The Fall, ladies and gentlemen!)

Following the partaking of satan’s idolatry (and also their own), Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked. Through this ‘awakening’ (of sorts), we see that the two got what they desired, and that their shame began immediately. Furthering their shame were the footsteps of God, trotting along in the cool of the garden, something they’d undoubtedly heard many times before, before their moment of disobedience. But this time, verse 8 says, “the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”

Sin brings shame, ladies, and, as Isaiah 59:2 tells us, separates us from God. And, not only does it separate, but it also costs… a price that we can never afford to pay. The penalty of Adam and Eve’s sin was monumental. They were banished from the garden (a further separation from God), man would toil for his food forever, women would endure painful childbirth, etc.; and yet, the full penalty was not yet paid.

To atone for sin, as we see in the Old Testament, a blood sacrifice was required – the death of an innocent, unblemished animal. Yet that sacrifice only served as a temporary covering for sin, as it had to be repeated when sins were recommitted. Jesus’ sacrifice – which is what the animal sacrifice foreshadowed – was the ultimate and final sacrifice. But why? Why would God’s own Son have to be sacrificed, killed, crucified?

Well, the sin of Adam and Eve, which ultimately trickled down to all of their offspring (you, me, everybody), could only be fully atoned for through the blood of an innocent, sinless sacrifice. Jesus Christ was the only one who could fulfill the requirement (as animal sacrifices were not satisfactory to fulfill God’s law for sin, see Hebrews 10:1-14), and was, therefore, sent down to Earth (He came willingly to Earth) to make things right between God and man. Without the blood of Christ atoning for our sins, we’d all be cast into hell at the end of our days. God is a just God, and sin will not enter into His presence.

Therefore, instead of spewing faulty and costly remarks, all need to bask in repentance and the forgiveness of sin offered to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Satan’s deception, which influenced Eve’s perception, served as the entry of sin into the world, and yes, God would have been justified in killing him right then and there for his part in the fall, if He’d chosen to do so. However, the death of a sinless, unblemished sacrifice would have still been required, as it is a law instituted by God for the payment of sin.

The wages of sin is death, says Romans 6:23, but thanks be to God that Jesus has paid that debt, giving all who will believe on His name the awesome opportunity of eternal life with God. There is no better gift in this world than that, and there is no better time to receive it than now.

Amen.

*All emphasis added to the Scriptures is my own.

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