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scribed in verse 1 of Genesis
Verse 2 of this "creation" chapter
describes a condition
from this sin of the angels. The
events described in verse 2, therefore, may have occurred millions
of years
the original creation of the earth.
The earth, therefore, may have been created millions ofyears
ago. But continue this passage in Ezekiel 28: "By the multitude of
thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,
and thou hast sinned: therefore 1 will cast thee as profane out of
the mountain of God: and 1 will destroy [remove] thee, O cov–
ering cherub, from the midst of the stones of tire. Thine heart was
lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom
by reason of thy brightness: 1 will cast thee to the ground ..."
(verses 16-17). At this point the context returns
the soon-to-ap–
pear, human, religious-political ruler - of whom the prince of an–
cient Tyre was a forerunner.
Earlier in this chapter, 1 showed you how physical destruc–
tion, ugliness, and darkness had covered the
of the earth, as
the result of the sin of Lucifer (who is now the Devil) and these
"angels that sinned" (now demons), and how in six days God had
renewed the face of the earth (Gen. 1:2-25).
But why did God create man on the earth (Gen. 1:26)?
Look at this situation as God does. God has given us humans
minds, like the mind ofGod, only inferior and limited. God made
us in His image, after His likeness (form and shape), only com–
posed of matter instead of Spirit. But God says, "Let this mind be
in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). We can, to sorne
degree, think even as God thinks. How must God have looked at
the situation, as He started renewing the face of the earth - after
the colossal debacle of the angels!
He had created a beautiful, perfect creation in the earth. He
populated it with holy angels - probably millions of them. He put
over them, as king, on an earthly throne, the archangel - the che–
rub Lucifer. Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of God's cre–
ative power as a single separately created Spirit being. He was the
most perfect in beauty, power, mind, knowledge, intellect, wis–
dom, within the almighty power of God to create. God can create
nothing higher or more perfect, by instantaneous fiat.
Yet this great being, knowledgeable, trained and experienced