In His Presence: 1 John 2:15-16
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist”(Acts 17:26-28).
Satan understood that he could not get rid of God. Before man was created, He tried to elevate himself to God’s level. That way, he could do what he wanted to do, and God could do what He wanted to do. Satan did not want to be reminded that God created him.
In the Garden of Eden, God established a boundary. He limited Adam and Eve’s access to one tree. The boundaries created dependency. As mentioned in the above verse, God desires that we should seek Him. The limitations are meant to guide our search for Him.
When Satan approached Eve at the restricted tree, he told her: “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” (Genesis 3:5). Satan’s fifth lie in this third chapter of Genesis was that we could be equal with God. Satan was offering Eve an impossibility. He was telling her that she could become like God by eating the fruit. However, we can never be like God. He is unique. Satan encouraged Eve to rebel against her creatureliness as he had done earlier.
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God creates boundaries to establish the Creator/creature distinction.