March 11, 2012 4:40am CST
creation is described in genesis 1:1,but what we find beginning with verse 2 is the creator restoring the earth. and for the next several verses we see a world of permission used again and again:let." let there be light"(verse 3 ); " let there be a firmament ( verse 6); " let the water bring forth abundantly" ( verse 20)": and so on . we find restoration continuing until the creation of animals,"and god created great whales, and every living creature that moveth" (genesis 1:21).this was also true regarding man and women:" so created man in his own image, in the image of god created he him; male and female created he them"(verse 27). before this, god was restoring the earth ta a place of habitation so that animals and humanity could exist. the reason satan deceived the first woman was to take back the position of authority he lost when adam was created .and after the fall of man satan reinvaded the second heaven (ephesians 6:12) and still operates from the "heavenlies", and it is from there that he will be cast down to the earth a second time(revelation 12:9-10).later, we will discover the role the archangel michael plays inthese astounding events. in the book of jude we find satan arguing with michael over where moses'body was buried."yet michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, the lord rebuke thee"(jude 9). remember the devil was lucifer prior to the fall. why would the devil want to know that burial place? regarding moses'grave,we are told that he was buried "ina valley in the land of moab...but no man knoweth of this sepulchre unto this day" (deuteronomy 34:6) satan wanted that information so he could build a shrine at the spot and make it into an idol.the devil's purpose is always to corrupt the things of god. please understand ,michael had at least some respect for lucifer,being that the devil still had a position in the heavenlies, even though a wicked one. tn this case , michael did'nt get into a shouting match with satan . instead he said ,"the lord rebuke you"
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