Devotional Type : Maranatha

Devotion Time : January 21

Topic:  Consequences of Rebellion.                   

I have set before you life and death,  blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life,  that both thou and thy seed may live:     Deuteronomy 30:19

In the midst of the garden, near the tree of life, stood the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This tree was especially designed of God to be the pledge of their obedience, faith, and love to Him. Of this tree the Lord commanded our first parents not to eat, neither to touch it, lest they die.

When Adam and Eve were placed in the beautiful garden … But God chose, in His all-wise arrangements, to test their loyalty before they could be rendered eternally secure. They were to have His favor, and He was to converse with them and they with Him. Yet He did not place evil out of their reach. Satan was permitted to tempt them. If they endured the trial they were to be in perpetual favor with God and the heavenly angels.

Satan stood in amazement at his new condition. His happiness was gone. He looked upon the angels who, with him, were once so happy, but who had been expelled from heaven with him. Before their fall not a shade of discontent had marred their perfect bliss. Now all seemed changed. … He shuddered, and feared to face the future and to contemplate the end of these things.

… Is he [Satan] shut out of heaven? Are the gates of heaven never more to open to admit him? … Could he be again as he was when he was pure, true, and loyal, gladly would he yield up the claims of his authority. But he was lost! beyond redemption, for his presumptuous rebellion! had led others to rebellion and to the same lost condition with himself--angels, who had never thought to question the will of Heaven …   

These spirits had become turbulent with disappointed hopes. Instead of greater good, they were experiencing the sad results of disobedience and disregard of law. Never more would these unhappy beings be swayed by the mild rule of Jesus Christ. Never more would their spirits be stirred by the deep, earnest love, peace, and joy which His presence had ever inspired in them, to be returned to Him in cheerful obedience and reverential honor. [SR 24-6]