The Test Begins (7:12 – 7:27)

The Test Begins

[7:12] He said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I ordered you?” He said, “I am better than he; You created me from fire, and created him from mud.”
[7:13] He said, “Therefore, you must go down, for you are not to be arrogant here. Get out; you are debased.”
[7:14] He said, “Grant me a respite, until the Day of Resurrection.”
[7:15] He said, “You are granted a respite.”
[7:16] He said, “Since You have willed that I go astray,* I will skulk for them on Your straight path.
*7:16 Satan is a proven liar, and so are his constituents (see 2:366:22-23, & 7:20-22). 

[7:17] “I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left, and You will find that most of them are unappreciative.”
[7:18] He said, “Get out therefrom, despised and defeated. Those among them who follow you, I will fill Hell with you all.
[7:19] “As for you, Adam, dwell with your wife in Paradise, and eat therefrom as you please, but do not approach this one tree, lest you fall in sin.”
[7:20] The devil whispered to them, in order to reveal their bodies, which were invisible to them. He said, “Your Lord did not forbid you from this tree, except to prevent you from becoming angels, and from attaining eternal existence.”
[7:21] He swore to them, “I am giving you good advice.”
[7:22] He thus duped them with lies. As soon as they tasted the tree, their bodies became visible to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Their Lord called upon them: “Did I not enjoin you from that tree, and warn you that the devil is your most ardent enemy?”
[7:23] They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged our souls, and unless You forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be losers.”
[7:24] He said, “Go down as enemies of one another. On earth shall be your habitation and provision for awhile.”
[7:25] He said, “On it you will live, on it you will die, and from it you will be brought out.”
[7:26] O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of GOD’s signs, that they may take heed.
[7:27] O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.

Satan committed the first crime of racism and arrogance, yet God uses the word arrogance to describe the crime. How were to people understand the meaning at that time? (7:12)
It is like a parent who gives a child a lemon for the first time and they experience the taste of sour. When the parent asks was that sour the child automatically knows what sour is.

The reason we fall for Satan’s trap is because we are unappreciative. (7:17)
Imagine someone attempts to sell you a $10 bill for $1. Would you take that deal? What if you knew that the person was honest, trust worthy and extremely generous?

What bothered Satan the most?
Demotion.

Are there people who are worst in disbelief than Satan?
There are people in this world who are potentially more arrogant and worst in disbelief than Satan. People who make claims that Satan himself would never make. People who deny God’s existence or want to associate a name with God, or says that God has a son etc.

Why would Satan who was among God and an angel make such a wrong decision? How could he think that he could be a god beside God?
Satan believed that he had power independent of God. To believe anyone has power beside God is a form of idol worship. God is doing everything. Satan thought that he could do different than God and be successful. This is the epitome of arrogance.

[14:22] And the devil will say, after the judgment had been issued, “GOD has promised you the truthful promise, and I promised you, but I broke my promise. I had no power over you; I simply invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Therefore, do not blame me, and blame only yourselves. My complaining cannot help you, nor can your complaining help me. I have disbelieved in your idolizing me. The transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.”

Satan had such ill intentions that he willed ill for other people. As submitters we should wish the best for other people.

Satan’s Supercilious Thoughts
Isaiah 14:12 – 17
12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit. 16 “Those who see you will gaze at you, They will [b]ponder over you, saying, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, 17 Who made the world like a wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’

Former Gang Member, Ex-Con, Graduates at Top of His Class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUODg4QXBcA

Ex-con walks up to police officer and shocks everyone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PchrvDq7qL4

Con Artist root is Confidence Artist. Confidence does not mean truthfulness or intelligent. Satan attempts to dupe people through confidence. (7:21 – 7:22) 

The Con Artist Handbook | Brain Games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GrpJM0D4h0

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