When God first established Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He entrusted them with the management of Eden (Gen. 2:8, and Gen. 2:15) , and the care of all creatures in the waters, skies, and upon the earth (Gen. 1:26, and Gen. 1:28) .
When Adam named all the animals, he demonstrated his stewardship over them. Usually the one with authority over something can give it a name; so, by naming all creatures, Adam was clearly demonstrating his status as the ruler of the world.
When Adam lost that dominion, Satan very quickly filled the vacuum. Part of the restoration of the human race, made possible by Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary, will be when the redeemed are given Adam’s and Eve’s privilege of reigning with God for the rest of eternity as “kings and priests” (Rev. 1:6, and Rev. 5:10) .
The opening chapters of the book of Job reveal to us just how extensive Adam’s loss was. As we are given a glimpse into the throne room of the universe, we can also see how subordinate to nature the human race has become since the Fall.
Walking “to and fro” or “walking back and forth” is not just the act of a tourist. In Scripture it is a sign of ownership. When God gave the land to Abraham, He told him to walk its length and breadth (Gen. 13:17) , and similarly to Moses and Joshua (Deut. 11:24, Josh. 1:3) . Satan, in a sense, is flaunting himself as “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4) .
The introduction of Satan in the first two chapters of Job parallels what happened in Genesis 3. Satan initiates trouble in paradise and then leaves the human victims to suffer in his wake.
What evidence can we see of Satan’s work in this world? How can you draw hope from the promise that one day this whole mess will be over?