Why the earth?
Why does God care so much about the earth?
The earth is part of God’s creation. Should it not express its Creator? Yet notice in Genesis 1:2 the earth “was waste and empty”. The Hebrew word “was” is better translated “became”. This word “became” indicates that God did not create it utterly chaotic and empty (Isa. 45:18). Something terrible happened after He created it but before He made man, that is, between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. This is revealed in type by Isa. 14:12-15 and Ezek 28:11-19. Lucifer, the daystar, rebelled against God and was cast down from heaven to the earth. His rebellion corrupted the entire universe, requiring God to restore His creation from Genesis 1:2b onward.
Man was made to rule in the place of Satan, who was originally an angel of light before his rebellion (Isa. 14:12-15). God created a creature to rule over the territory that belonged to his fallen, rebellious angel: the earth. Notice that God specifically mentioned that man should rule over “every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” These creeping things are identified as serpents, Satan and his evil angels, (Gen 3:1), as well as the scorpions, the unclean evil spirits (Luke 10:19).
The Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 shows the importance of man’s recovering the earth. The phrase “as in heaven, so also on earth” should be applied to all three requests of the Lord’s prayer. Thus if we were to read it literally it would say, “Your name to be sanctified, as in heaven, so also on earth. Your kingdom come, as in heaven, so also on earth. Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.”
The realm of God’s contention is the earth. Terra firma is the battleground. God needs to gain a man whom He can trust to rule for Him on earth. God’s need supercedes the work of merely saving souls. God created man to rule over the earth, which inflicts damage on Satan. For this type of work, we must pay a price far greater than in other areas of Christian service. We must absolutely obey the Lord, and we cannot preserve any part of ourselves if we are to rule over Satan.