Scripture indicates that at various times the Devil tried to divert the mission of the Cross and Jesus’ atonement. One of the first examples is where Cain killed Abel. The lineage of Abel could never produce the Promised Son, Jesus, because the Bible says that Cain was totally owned by Satan. [I John 3:12] This is a side bar. I think the Lord would have accepted Cain’s offering of ‘the fruit of the ground,’ [Genesis 4:3] but because God said Cain’s works were evil,it is most evident that he was owned by Satan. Adam and Eve walked and talked with the Lord and their belief in Him, was counted for---via Jesus’ future atonement at the Cross. The early beginnings of the animal sacrifices began with Abraham. With Godly Abel being dead there was no Godly heir leading to the birth of Jesus. God took care of this through Adam and Eve who had another son named Seth. The name Seth means, ‘appointed.’ The Lord had fixed Seth to raise up a Godly seed leading to the virgin’s first born son, Jesus. Later in time Jacob was the lineage that lead to Jesus holy birth, and not Esau. Esau had no Israeli tribe named after his name. Then during Jesus early life Herod tried to kill this rival to his throne. Behind it all was the Evil One trying to divert Jesus from going to the Cross. We thank God that He overshadowed and ordained the substitute death, on our behalf, that we might through His mighty power receive everlasting life. Some other brethren may offer up other examples of how this fallen archangel tried to stop the crucifixion of our Lord. Also, the Temptation of Jesus was another attempt of the Devil to divert the old rugged Cross. Rev. Berrian, Th.D.