1 Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
These are the same three categories in which Eve was tempted. The fruit on the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” was a delight to look at, she desired what she saw, and in pride she wanted to be wise as God.
Ge 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Evil entered the Universe when Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God’s authority. God had provided all Adam and Eve needed, but Satan tempted them into wanting more, and they saw God’s authority as unfair for it kept them from having all they desired. Mankind does the same today.
2 Co 11:3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
When Satan deceived Adam and Eve, their own desires paved the way to the deception.
Satan called God’s word into doubt and asked Eve “Did God actually say”? Satan planted the doubt; they pursued the desire and questioned God’s truthfulness, Holiness, and sufficiency. By deceit, their thoughts were led astray. Satan uses this same form of deception today.
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
In Genesis 3.4, Satan stated the lie; “you will not surely die”, and in Gen 3.5 the promise within the lie “you will be like God”. There is always some element of truth in a crafty lie. They did not die physical, but they did die spiritually. Adam and Eve did become like God in that they now know good and evil, where they once only knew good.
Ge 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. Ge 3:5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Now they could not stand the evil they chose.
Ge 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 6:07 AM CDT