Here was a wicked angel of old, named Satan. Once he had been a bright and happy angel in heaven, but he was disobedient and God drove him out of heaven, and many other wicked angels with him. Sin cannot be in heaven; all must be holy there. “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down into hell.” 2 Pet. ii. 4.
Satan hated Adam and Eve, because they were holy and happy, and he was wicked and miserable, and he went into the garden, and appeared like a serpent, and spoke to Eve, and tempted her to eat the fruit which God had forbidden. But Eve said, “God commanded us, saying, Ye shall not eat of it, lest ye die.” Then Satan told a lie, for “he is a liar, and the father of it,” John viii. 44, and said, “You shall not surely die.” And Eve was tempted to believe Satan, and she took the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and ate, and gave to Adam, and he ate.
God saw all this, and He was very angry. Adam and Eve were sinners now, their holiness and happiness were gone, and God would punish them for their sin. “They heard the voice of the Lord God, walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves.” Why did they fear? Because they knew they had sinned; they knew that God was angry with them. They were not glad now to hear His voice. They could not now sing His praises, and talk happily to Him. But Adam and Eve could not hide themselves from God, for He can see everywhere. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Prov. xv. 3.
God called Adam, and said to him, “Hast thou eaten of the fruit of which I commanded thee not to eat?”
Adam did not humbly confess his sin, but answered, “The woman gave it to me, and I ate.”
Then God said to Eve, “What is this that thou hast done?”
And she answered, “The serpent tempted me, and I ate.”
Then God told Adam and Eve that they had sinned, and therefore they must die. Thorns and thistles would now grow in the beautiful world; they must labor, and suffer pain and sorrow all the days they lived, and then “die, and return to the dust.” Their bodies must die, but where must their souls go? They could not die because they were immortal. And they could not go to heaven because they were sinful. Hell was the place for the wicked, where Satan and the wicked angels were. Must the souls of Adam and Eve, and all their children go there?
No—God did not wish his sinful creatures to perish. He said, “Deliver their souls from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom.” Job xxxiii. 24.
God said that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head. What did this mean? Satan was the serpent; Jesus Christ was the Seed of the woman. In due time, Jesus would come into the world, and subdue Satan, and deliver all who should believe, from Satan’s power, from sin and hell. If we, like Adam and Eve, have faith in Jesus, we shall be saved as they were, and made eternally happy when we die.