Into the darkness of Genesis 1:2 comes the Spirit of God to reveal the divine plan of a renewed earth and the creation of mankind. God's purpose has not been thwarted by Satan's rebellion. The "light" will be turned back on and mankind, though made "lower than the angels" (Psalm 8:5), will ultimately be raised to "judge angels" (I Corinthians 6:3) and give all glory to the Almighty. Satan must have become increasingly angered at this "invasion” of what he considered his realm as the "prince of this world". Though stating that he would be like the Most High, he has no power or ability to do what God does with simple commands = create light and life! This new creature, man, placed in his realm with authority and responsibility must be attacked and subjected to his will. Sounds like spiritual warfare to me!
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1. The Spirit of God "brooded" - this term seems to connect us with the concept of a bird covering her eggs in the nest. Consider some other passages that give us a symbolic view of God from the "bird world". Ruth 2:12; Psalm 17:8; Luke13:34
2. Find the Trinity in Genesis 1:2-3. Compare Hebrews 1:2 and John 1:1-3.
3. Study about Christ in Colossians 1:15-17. What does the “firstborn over all creation” mean regarding Christ?
4. The darkness of Genesis 1:2 invaded by God's light in Genesis 1:3 has a wonderful parallel in our salvation. Consider John 8:12; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9.
5. Consider God's renewal of the earth from formless, empty, darkened, and deluged to lightened, organized, full of life, and very good as you read Genesis 1. Quoting Dr. Barnhouse again "Out of the chaos was brought the 'cosmos' which signifies order, arrangement, and beauty." The Invisible War, p. 68
6. Why would Satan consider the earth his realm and God's intervention to be an invasion? Luke 11:17-18; John 12:31; 14:30
7. What could we consider to be God's greatest intervention into Satan's "realm" producing the greatest light of all? John 17:4